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11 June 2015

SBS Advertising Flexibility

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications

On 25 March 2015, the Minister for Communications introduced the Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015.

The Bill contains a range of measures, including a proposal which aims to allow SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) to earn additional advertising revenue. Additional revenue will lessen SBS’s dependence […]

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11 June 2015

Telstra Retail Price Controls

Independent Review – Department of Communications

On 18 March 2015, the Minister for Communications announced the repeal of price controls which applied to the retail prices Telstra charges on fixed telephone services.

The retail price controls that apply to Telstra through the Telstra Carrier Charges – Price Control Arrangements, Notification and Disallowance Determination No. 1 of 2005 […]

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11 June 2015

Energy White Paper

Independent Review – Department of Industry and Science

On 8 April 2015, the Minister for Industry and Science announced the release of the Government’s Energy White Paper that sets a policy framework to give industry and consumers certainty in energy policy.

The objectives of the framework include increasing competition and energy productivity and encouraging investment. The Energy […]

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11 June 2015

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendments (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Employment

Worker’s compensation and rehabilitation arrangements for most Commonwealth and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government employees are governed by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). This scheme is administered by Comcare.

Since the SRC Act commenced operation, the nature of the risk covered by the Comcare scheme has […]

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11 June 2015

Subclass 457 Visa Reforms – Independent Review

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

On 18 March 2015, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced that the Government will act on the recommendations of a recent independent review of the temporary work (skilled) (subclass 457) visa programme for skilled migrants.

The 457 visa programme is a temporary visa programme aimed at meeting skills […]

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5 June 2015

Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2) and Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2)

Remaking of sunsetting instrument without amendments – Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) remade two sunsetting legislative instruments without significant amendments on 10 March 2015: the Radiocommunications (Transmitter Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2) and Radiocommunications (Receiver Licence Tax) Determination 2003 (No. 2).

The Determinations specify the amount of tax payable […]

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5 June 2015

Industrial chemicals assessment reforms – Regulation Impact Statement

Department of Health

On 26 May 2015, the Assistant Minister for Health announced changes to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme new chemicals assessment arrangements. The changes will introduce a more proportionate risk-based framework and make greater use of information from overseas regulatory agencies.

The reforms are intended to maintain current health and environmental protections, […]

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5 June 2015

Renewable Energy (Electricity Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 3))

Post–implementation Review – Department of the Environment

In June 2010, the then Government amended regulations to extend the safety and quality requirements of installations of small-scale renewable energy generation systems under the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) identified that the then Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) did […]

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5 June 2015

Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 8), 2011 (No. 2) and 2012 (No. 8)/Phase-out of the Solar-Credits Mechanism

Post implementation Review – Department of the Environment

On 1 December 2010, the then Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency announced the former Government would progressively bring forward the phase-out of the Solar Credits mechanism. The solar credits mechanism provided upfront support to boost the installation of small renewable generation systems, particularly rooftop solar photovoltaic […]

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3 June 2015

Improving Medicare funded diagnostic imaging services – Regulation Impact Statement for consultation

Department of Health

On 14 May 2015, a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on ‘Improving the quality and safety of Medicare funded diagnostic imaging services through the enhancement of regulatory and accreditation requirements’ was released for consultation by the Department of Health.

The RIS proposes clarification and upgrading of existing regulatory and accreditation requirements, especially supervision requirements. The […]

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