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August 27, 2013

National Regulatory System for Community Housing starts testing

Phase One of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) is currently in a six-month period of system testing and evaluation with 24 housing providers from across Australia selected to undergo the registration process.

Formal commencement is expected in January 2014.

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Posted 27th August 2013 by David Jacobson in Deregulation, Not-for-profit sector, Property

April 18, 2012

COAG update on deregulation

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Communique of 13 April 2012 contained a progress report on COAG's deregulation priorities.

The report covers 27 areas, each significant. Whilst some areas of reform have been completed, others have had their milestones "reset" and others (like the national occupational licensing system) have been indefintely delayed.

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Posted 18th April 2012 by David Jacobson in Business Planning, Deregulation

August 22, 2011

COAG reform report card

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has issued a progress report on national reforms following its meeting on 19 August 2011.

The original agreement to develop a "national seamless economy" had 26 areas of reform listed in its implemetation plan.

The report card has shown mixed results.

In the area of directors' liability reform COAG has simply agreed to set new milestones.

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Posted 22nd August 2011 by David Jacobson in Deregulation

February 15, 2011

COAG regulation and competition reform update

In COAG's communique following its meeting on 13 February 2011, it has included a report on the progress of its Seamless National Economy reform package.

In its list of reforms to be completed over 2011 and 2012 it has included:

  • personal property securities
  • national electronic conveyancing system
  • national system for consumer credit
  • registration of business names
  • directors' liability
  • not for profit sector.

The communique also reports on national health reform and changes to the ministerial council system.

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Posted 15th February 2011 by David Jacobson in Business Planning, Deregulation

October 19, 2010

Productivity Commission Report on Regulatory Burdens

The Productivity Commission's Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business: Business and Consumer Services reviews regulations and associated administrative processes affecting the finance and insurance sector, occupations, building and planning regulation, accommodation and food services.

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Posted 19th October 2010 by David Jacobson in Business Planning, Deregulation

September 20, 2010

COAG regulatory reform update

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has released the following revised Implementation Plans for the National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy in response to recommendations from the COAG Reform Council:

The updated plans deal with a range of industries and sectors.

In respect of consumer credit it calls for the Commonwealth to develop and enact legislation for a national framework for regulation of consumer credit in line with part one of phase two of the implementation plan relating to the regulation of consumer credit (including any provisions that may be determined to be necessary for, regulation of reverse mortgages, regulation of credit for personal use and peer to peer lending, licensing requirements for debt collectors, regulation of credit card lending, credit cards and store credit, extension of unjust conduct provisions to credit service providers, enhancements to the National Credit Code and to enhance disclosure requirements for consumer leases and linked credit providers) by June 2011.

It calls the Commonwealth to develop and enact legislation for a national framework for regulation of consumer credit in line with part two of phase two of the implementation plan, relating to the regulation of consumer credit (including any provisions that may be determined to be necessary to regulate predatory, fringe and high cost lending, post-entry conduct by credit providers, credit advertising directed at vulnerable consumers, mandatory comparison rates, small business lending and issues specific to Islamic Finance) by June 2012.

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Posted 20th September 2010 by David Jacobson in Deregulation, National Credit Code

February 25, 2010

COAG performance report released

The COAG Reform Council has released its first report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on performance against the National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy.

The National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy is an agreement by all Australian governments to deliver more consistent, better regulation across Australia, and reduce compliance costs on business, restrictions on competition, and distortions in the allocation of resources across the country.

The report by the COAG Reform Council is an assessment of the performance of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments against the 2008–09 implementation milestones—across the 36 streams of business regulation and competition reform which all nine governments agreed to implement.

The CRC report:
• notes that overall, there has been good or satisfactory progress against 18 of the 27 deregulation priorities and four of the eight competition reforms;
• makes four recommendations aimed at making elements of the NP reform agenda more transparent, meaningful and measureable (which COAG has agreed to adopt); and
• incorporates in its progress assessment several National Reform Agenda priorities previously agreed by COAG in 2006 and 2007 (in relation to the trade measurement, rail safety, national construction code and energy competition reforms) that it considers have not been met and are relevant to some of the NP Implementation Plan milestones.

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Posted 25th February 2010 by David Jacobson in Deregulation

February 16, 2010

Government proposes further regulatory reforms

The Government has released its Response to the OECD Report Towards a Seamless National Economy, 2009 Review of Regulatory Reform: Australia .

The Australian Government 's response includes:

•further improving the Australian Government’s engagement with business to identify regulatory reform opportunities and concerns through establishing a formal consultation forum with business and using web 2.0 technologies;
•subject to the agreement of state and territory governments, developing approaches to identifying and managing new regulatory proposals at the local level which could affect the operation of national markets;
•a number of initiatives to improve the effectiveness of regulatory impact assessment; and
•enhancing the transparency of regulation‑making by requiring regulatory agencies to report publicly on how they will ensure regulations do not impose unnecessary costs on business.

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Posted 16th February 2010 by David Jacobson in Deregulation

December 23, 2009

Government Response to the Productivity Commission Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens

The Federal Government has responded to the Productivity Commission report – Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business: Social and Economic Infrastructure Services .

The Productivity Commission's concerns covered a wide range of regulated schemes and activities relating to the social and economic infrastructure sector, including: aged care; child care; information media and telecommunications; electricity, gas, water and waste services; transport; education and training; and medical services.

Of the Productivity Commission's 42 recommendations, the Government has accepted 21 and accepted a further 5 in principle. Of the remaining responses 12 were noted, mainly reflecting the Government’s existing reform agenda, while four responses were not accepted.

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Posted 23rd December 2009 by David Jacobson in Compliance, Deregulation

April 22, 2009

Queensland Government responds to review of government boards

The Queensland Government has responded to the recommendations in the Brokering Balance Report by agreeing to the abolition of 103 government bodies.


The underlying principle set out in the Report is that the establishment of a separate government body should only occur if it is in the public interest and that the ongoing need for Government bodies must be the subject of regular review.

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Posted 22nd April 2009 by David Jacobson in Deregulation
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