Regulation Archive

Queensland Alumina Limited fined $125,000 for 3rd environmental harm offence (22 December 2013)

Gladstone alumina refinery Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) has been fined $125,000 and had a conviction recorded against them after pleading guilty to causing serious environmental harm. In Gladstone Magistrates’ Court this week, QAL pleaded guilty to allowing the release

Regulation: Australian Business Council report calls for less regulation while another energy company faces penalties for illegal & unconscionable conduct (29 November 2013)

In the past week the Business Council of Australia has released a report, Improving Australia’s Regulatory System, in which it argues for reduction to the cost and burden on regulated parties – “the ‘dead hand’ of regulation imposing unnecessary

Board appointed to Queensland’s new building industry regulator (26 November 2013)

A Board for Queensland’s new building industry regulator has been appointed, to take the reins from December 2013. Queensland’s Housing and Public Works Minister, Mr Tim Mander, said the creation of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) represented

Australia’s Federal Government proposes streamlined environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities (25 November 2013)

The Australian Federal Government has released two draft reports for public comment on establishing a ‘one-stop-shop’ environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities. The reports are a requirement of the strategic assessment process under national

Mr David Murray AO to head inquiry into Australia’s financial system (21 November 2013)

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of Mr David Murray AO to head an inquiry into Australia’s financial system. Mr Murray will head a Committee of four eminent Australians drawn from the finance, business and academic sectors. Among

New water laws for Western Australia (19 November 2013)

Western Australia’s Liberal-National State Government has announced that new water laws will transform the provision of water, sewerage, irrigation and drainage services in Western Australia after they come into effect today. Western Australia’s Water Minister, Mr Terry Redman, said

New South Wales signs up to environmental approvals ‘one stop shop’ (7 November 2013)

Australia’s Federal Government has signed the second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a State Government aimed at to create a one-stop shop for environmental approvals – removing the need for environmental approvals to be obtained from two levels of

Australia’s Climate Change Authority calls for tougher greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (4 November 2013)

Australia’s Climate Change Authority has called for tougher targets for reductions in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in a “Targets and Progress Review” Draft Report released on 30 October 2013. Major conclusions and recommendations The Authority’s major conclusion is that

Western Australia introduces environmental approval process reforms that make it clearer, easier, and cheaper for the resources sector to do business (30 October 2013)

Western Australia’s Liberal State Government is the latest State Government to move to ‘reduce red tape’ around environmental approval processes. The WA Government has announced that it will introduce into Parliament a new mining Bill to reduce red tape,

Australia’s Federal Government seeks ‘one-stop-shop’ for environmental approval of petroleum activities in Australian waters (28 October 2013)

The Australian Government has taken a step towards ensuring a ‘one-stop-shop’ approval process for offshore petroleum activities in Australian waters. The Australian Federal Minister for Industry, Mr Ian Macfarlane, and the Federal  Minister for the Environment, Mr Greg Hunt,