8 January 2015
On 26 August 2014, the Trade and Investment Minister signed the First Protocol with Ministers from the eleven other parties to the agreement, at the ASEAN Economic Ministers – Closer Economic Relations Trade Ministers Meeting in Burma.
The First Protocol amends the Agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) to remove regulatory impediments that […]
Continue reading First Protocol to amend the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
22 December 2014
On 14 October 2014, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry jointly announced the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. The Agenda seeks to strengthen Australia’s competitiveness, targeting job creation and higher living standards. One of the initiatives to be implemented over the next 18 months is the adoption of international standards and risk assessments […]
Continue reading International Standards and Risk Assessments – Regulation Impact Statement for consultation – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
4 December 2014
On 11 September 2014, the Minister for Industry announced that the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will expand the delegation for registered training providers (RTOs) to make decisions about changing the scope of their registration.
The new approach will reduce red tape for highly compliant RTOs, by addressing the need for training providers to seek approval […]
Continue reading Revised regulation of ‘scope of registration’ applications in VET sector – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry
28 November 2014
On 27 April 2011, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) announced changes to existing management arrangements in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, aimed at providing stronger protection for Australian Sea Lions. These changes included additional closures of fishing areas and new monitoring arrangements.
A regulation impact statement (RIS) – assessed as adequate by […]
Continue reading Managing interactions with Australian Sea Lions in the Gillnet Hook and Trap Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery – Post-Implementation Review – Australian Fisheries Management Authority
28 November 2014
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 […]
Continue reading Optimal Period of Registration for the Do Not Call Register – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Communications
25 November 2014
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
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 […]
Continue reading Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre – Proposed Changes to the Annual Compliance Report – Regulation Impact Statement
12 November 2014
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 […]
Continue reading Pre-market assessment of Australian-manufactured medical devices – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Health
11 November 2014
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 […]
Continue reading Section 457 Visa Reforms – Independent Review – Department of Immigration and Border Protection
28 October 2014
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 […]
Continue reading Reducing the Regulation of Stock Food and Pet Food – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Agriculture