The Senate established in late 2016 a Select Committee on Red Tape. Its Terms of Reference indicate that the committee is to ‘inquire into effect of restrictions and prohibitions on business (red tape) on the economy and community, with particular reference to:
- the effects on compliance costs (in hours and money), economic output, employment and government revenue, with particular attention to industries, such as mining, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture, and small business;
- any specific areas of red tape that are particularly burdensome, complex, redundant or duplicated across jurisdictions;
- the impact on health, safety and economic opportunity, particularly for the low-skilled and disadvantaged;
- the effectiveness of the Abbott, Turnbull and previous governments’ efforts to reduce red tape;
- the adequacy of current institutional structures (such as Regulation Impact Statements, the Office of Best Practice Regulation and red tape repeal days) for achieving genuine and permanent reductions to red tape;
- alternative institutional arrangements to reduce red tape, including providing subsidies or tax concessions to businesses to achieve outcomes currently achieved through regulation;
- how different jurisdictions in Australia and internationally have attempted to reduce red tape; and
- any related matters.’
After looking at a number of other areas the Committee, chaired by Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm has now turned its attention to ‘private education’, calling for submissions on the effect of red tape on private education. The closing date for submissions is 8 August 2018.
With the very short deadline for submissions to this Committee we are asking schools to provide any examples of particularly burdensome government requirements to our office as soon as possible to assist with our submission.