26 July 2013

Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct – Options stage Regulation Impact Statement –Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research & Tertiary Education

On 24 July 2013, the Minister for Small Business announced the Australian Government’s response to the Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

Franchising is a way of doing business, where the franchisor licenses to another business (the franchisee) the right to sell goods or services using the franchisor’s intellectual property and business reputation. The Franchising […]

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25 July 2013

Bringing Forward the Start of Emissions Trading– Options-Stage Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

On 16 July 2013 the Minister for Climate Change announced that the commencement of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be brought forward by one year to 1 July 2014.

Previously the Government had outlined that the carbon price would be fixed for three years before transitioning to an ETS in 2015. Under an ETS the […]

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1 July 2013

Job Ready Program – Post-implementation Review – Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

On 12 May 2009, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced that a ‘job readiness test’ (to be known as the Job Ready Program) would be introduced to complement existing testing requirements for applicants under Australia’s skilled migration program. The introduction of the Job Ready Program was part of a suite of changes aimed at addressing […]

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19 April 2013

Australian Government Response to the Review of the Renewable Energy Target scheme – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

On 21 March 2013, the Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation announced the Australian Government’s response to the Climate Change Authority (CCA) review of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme.

The CCA is required by statute to review the RET scheme every two years having regard to a number of broad principles including economic efficiency, […]

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27 February 2013

Strengthening Australian Industry Participation – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

On 17 February 2013, the Minister for Industry and Innovation released the Australian Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement. This statement included several measures intended to support Australian suppliers increase their participation in large construction projects, such as mines.

The measures that have regulatory impacts on business include the requirements that:

all projects over $500 million in value […]

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21 December 2012

Electricity Meters – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

On 11 December 2012, the National Measurement Institute; a division within the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, announced the removal of an exemption for a subset of electricity meters installed from 1 January 2013 onwards. Since 1995 electricity meters have been exempt from national requirements to be pattern approved and verified […]

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14 December 2012

Changes to the anti-dumping regime – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

On 4 December 2012, the Minister for Industry and Innovation announced changes to Australia’s anti‑dumping regime. 

The key regulatory change is that the lesser duty rule need not apply under some circumstances when determining the size of the dumping duty to impose on an importer. This may result in shorter investigation times, but will also mean […]

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27 November 2012

Total Vocational Education and Training Activity Data Collection – COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

On 16 November 2012, the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) agreed to the mandatory collection and reporting of total Vocational Education and Training (VET) Activity data from 1 January 2014. The implementation details for the new requirements will be finalised at a later date.

Currently, data are collected from around 2,200 providers […]

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2 October 2012

VET FEE-HELP Redesign – Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

On 19 September 2012, the Government introduced a bill redesigning a Vocational Education and Training (VET) assistance scheme called VET FEE-HELP.

VET FEE-HELP is an Australian Government assistance scheme introduced in 2008 to help vocational education students pay for the upfront costs of study. VET FEE-HELP is similar to other income‑contingent loans schemes offered by the […]

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28 June 2012

Total Vocational Education and Training (VET) Activity Data Collection – COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – Standing Committee on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

On 15 June 2012, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education released a COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on behalf of the COAG Standing Committee on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The Consultation RIS examines reforms to improve the collection of data in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector to […]

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