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Expanding the investor visa programme
14th October 2014
Highly skilled migrants are critical for a strong and vibrant economy, bringing know-how, innovation and entrepreneurship and also helping to plug short-term skills gaps. As part of the Competitiveness Agenda, the Government is taking further action to facilitate skilled migration, through reforms to elements of both the temporary and permanent migration programmes, while maintaining protections to ensure that businesses do not bring in foreign workers where Australians are able to do the job.
A lower cost, business friendly environment - Reducing the regulatory burden
14th October 2014
Regulation is necessary for a well-functioning economy and society, but too often the first reflex of governments has been to regulate, adding layer upon layer of costs to business. The Government will remove inefficient regulation, simplify compliance and improve regulator responsiveness to help small and large businesses thrive. As part of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, it is removing regulation that duplicates trusted overseas processes, except in cases...
Regulator Performance Framework
1st October 2014
The Government released its Regulator Performance Framework as part of 2014 Spring Repeal Day. The Framework is an important part of its commitment to reduce the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation imposed on individuals, business and community organisations by at least $1 billion a year. The Framework has been developed following consultation with a range of stakeholders and consists of six outcomes-based key performance indicators covering reducing regulatory burden, communications...
Regulatory impacts from non-compliance and from the administration of courts and tribunals
22nd September 2014
The Government has agreed that the Regulatory Burden Measurement (RBM) framework be used to quantify the regulatory impact of new and existing regulation to business, community organisations and individuals. The Government has also agreed that some regulatory impacts be excluded from measurement in the RBM framework.
Side by Side: Women, Peace and Security
Office for Women
18th July 2014
As a means to promote the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda, the Australian Civil-Military Centre and UN Women, with the support of the Office for Women and the Australian Federal Police, produced a new documentary available on YouTube entitled Side by Side: Women, Peace and Security. The documentary is used as an educational tool for pre-deployment military, police, civilian and humanitarian personnel to international, missions. View...
2014 Progress Report - Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018
Office for Women
8th July 2014
The Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (National Action Plan) is a whole-of-government policy to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and other United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions related to Women, Peace and Security. It was officially launched on International Women's Day, 8 March 2012. The National Action Plan consolidates and builds on efforts to integrate a gender perspective into peace and security...
Environmental valuation and uncertainty research report
1st July 2014
This research report has been produced by the Office of Best Practice Regulation in consultation with the Department of Environment. It was prompted by a recognised need to improve the quality of guidance material relating to environmental valuation in regulatory impact analysis, and through discussions with community organisations. Its aim is to enhance the capacity of Australian Government departments and agencies to undertake cost-benefit analysis of policies that are likely to have an...
Regulation audit – cross portfolio regulation
1st July 2014
This guidance applies to instances where it is difficult to split regulation between portfolios.
Regulation Audit - Stage Two
16th June 2014
This guidance follows the Regulation Audit Stage One Guidance Note released by the Office of Deregulation on 14 February 2014.
Requirements for Annual Reports for Departments, Executive Agencies and FMA ACT Bodies
10th June 2014
Annual report requirements and supporting guidance are managed by the Department of Finance. The PGPA Non- Corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting Rule 2016; PGPA Corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting Rule 2016; and PGPA Commonwealth Company Annual Reporting Rule 2016 have been approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) and will take legal effect for the 2015-16 reporting period and future years. The rules will retain all of the mandatory...