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28 November 2014

Optimal Period of Registration for the Do Not Call Register – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications

On 22 October 2014, the Minister for Communications introduced legislation to make the registration period for numbers on the Do Not Call Register indefinite. The proposal was strongly supported by consumers and will enable them to avoid having to periodically re-register their telephone and fax numbers.

The proposal has been assessed as likely to have a […]

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25 November 2014

Pharmacy location rules – Post–implementation Review – Department of Health

The Department of Health has completed a Post-implementation Review (PIR) on the 2010 decision to renew the pharmacy location rules. These rules prescribe location-based criteria that must be satisfied in order to establish a new pharmacy or relocate an existing pharmacy.

A RIS was required to be prepared for the renewal or retention of pharmacy location […]

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12 November 2014

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre – Proposed Changes to the Annual Compliance Report – Regulation Impact Statement

On 2 October 2014, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) commenced consultation on proposed changes to its annual compliance report.

Certain entities have an obligation to prepare an annual report (the ‘annual compliance report’) relating to their compliance with anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing rules.

The annual compliance report comprises an online questionnaire with […]

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12 November 2014

Pre-market assessment of Australian-manufactured medical devices – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Health

On 15 October 2014, the Australian Government announced changes to the regulation of therapeutic goods that will allow Australian manufacturers of medical devices to obtain market approval for most of their products using conformity assessment certification from European notified bodies.

Conformity assessment is the examination of evidence and procedures to ensure that both the medical device […]

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11 November 2014

Section 457 Visa Reforms – Independent Review – Department of Immigration and Border Protection

On 14 October 2014, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Trade and Investment and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced that the Government will reform the 457 visa programme for skilled migrants.

This follows the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announcing an independent review into the integrity of the 457 programme in […]

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28 October 2014

Reducing the Regulation of Stock Food and Pet Food – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Agriculture

On 9 October 2014, the Department of Agriculture released a draft Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for consultation on Reducing the Regulation of Stock food and Pet food.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) regulate supply aspects of foods for livestock, pets, working animals, show animals and for any product that meets the definition of […]

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8 October 2014

Radiocommunications Accredited Persons Scheme instruments – Remaking of sunsetting instruments without amendments – Australian Communications and Media Authority

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) remade two sunsetting legislative instruments without significant amendments on 25 August 2014: the Radiocommunications (Accreditation – Prescribed Certificates) Principles 2003 and the Radiocommunications (Frequency Assignment Certificates) Determination 2003. The instruments support the operation of the Accredited Persons Scheme, which permits accredited persons to perform certain activities related to […]

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8 October 2014

Mandatory Code of Conduct for Grain Export Terminals – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Agriculture

On 19 September 2014, the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Small Business jointly announced the release of a mandatory code of conduct designed to give bulk wheat exporters fair and transparent access to port terminal services, regardless of who owns the infrastructure.

The Code of Conduct replaces the ‘access test’ arrangements under the Wheat […]

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1 October 2014

Higher Education Reforms – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Education

On 28 August 2014, the Minister for Education introduced the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 into the Australian Parliament. The Bill implements a range of higher education reform measures announced in the 2014-15 Budget.

The Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) identifies the regulatory problem that the reforms are targeted to address, namely, that existing price controls for undergraduate and […]

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1 October 2014

Mobile Network Charges – Independent Review – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

On 17 June 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that it will regulate the price that a mobile phone network operator can charge other networks for connecting calls and text messages to its network. The declaration will be in place until 30 June 2019. The ACCC had previously regulated the price of […]

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