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22 January 2016

Annual Charge Exemption Scheme

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Health

On 1 July 2015, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced changes to the way the exemptions from regulatory charges for therapeutic goods are given.

Sponsors of products on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) are required to pay annual charges to the TGA to allow recovery of the costs […]

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21 January 2016

Approved Arrangements for Livestock Exports

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

On 6 November 2015, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources announced new streamlined arrangements for Australian exporters of live animals.

Under the approved arrangements scheme, exporters with an approved arrangement and a good compliance record will be subject to a streamlined verification process which will result […]

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21 January 2016

Building Code – Drug and Alcohol Testing Provisions

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Employment

On 18 September 2015, the former Minister for Employment announced changes to the Building Code 2013 (‘the Building Code’) requiring contractors to have a comprehensive policy for managing alcohol and other drugs in the workplace. This includes regular, random testing of workers on Commonwealth funded projects that meet the […]

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15 January 2016

Safeguard mechanism for the Emissions Reduction Fund

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of the Environment

On 7 October 2015, the Minister for the Environment made the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 establishing the operational elements of the safeguard mechanism for the Emissions Reduction Fund.

The purpose of the safeguard mechanism is to protect taxpayers’ funds by ensuring that emissions reductions […]

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15 January 2016

Tailored MySuper

Post-implementation Review – Treasury

On 3 November 2011, the then Government introduced legislation to allow superannuation funds to offer tailored MySuper products to employers with more than 500 employees.

A Regulation Impact Statement was required at the time the decision was made, but was exempted from the best practice regulation requirements by the then Prime Minister. Consequently […]

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15 January 2016

Fuel Excise Indexation

Regulation Impact Statement – The Treasury

On 23 June 2015 the Government introduced a package of bills that reintroduced bi-annual indexation of fuel duty.

At the time of the 2014-15 Budget announcement the duty rate for most fuels was set at 38.143 cents per litre. This rate was proposed to increase biannually with the Consumer Price Index. […]

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13 January 2016

Trusted Trader Programme

Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Immigration and Border Protection

On 8 July 2015, the then Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced the Australian Trusted Trader Programme, which will offer trade facilitation benefits to businesses that demonstrate secure and compliant supply chain practices.

Benefits being pursued for accredited Australian Trusted Traders include expedited border clearance, […]

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13 January 2016

Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority Review

Independent Review – Department of Immigration and Border Protection

On 8 May 2015, the Government released its response to the recommendations of the 2014 Independent Review of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).

The review was tasked with, among other things:

examining and reporting on the most appropriate organisational structure for regulating the immigration advice […]

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22 December 2015

Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill

Regulation Impact Statement for consultation – Attorney-General’s Department

On 3 December 2015, the Attorney-General’s Department commenced consultation on a draft Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill 2015. The Bill would require Government agencies and businesses subject to the Privacy Act 1988 to notify the national privacy regulator and affected individuals following a serious data […]

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22 December 2015

Income Tax Regulations 1936

Remaking of sunsetting instrument without amendments – Department of the Treasury

On 3 September 2015 the Department of the Treasury remade one sunsetting legislative instrument without significant amendments: the Income Tax Regulations 1936.

The Regulation prescribes how certain parts of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 are to be implemented, including determining the amount of the tax […]

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