The Red Tape Problem

Every year businesses spend thousands of hours complying with unnecessary reports, confusing permits, and needless licenses.

Every minute employees spend pandering to red tape requirements is a minute those employees are not dedicating to their businesses and economic activity.

Every year red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion. To unleash prosperity, governments need to reduce the red tape burden on businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Australia’s largest industries

Mining: 7% of Australia’s economy
Manufacturing: 6% of Australia’s economy
Agriculture: 2% of Australia’s economy
Red tape: 11% of Australia’s economy ($176 billion per year)


Bureaucracy Shuts Down Child’s Cake Stall

By | May 19th, 2017|Blog|

A nine-year-old girl in Logan City Council, Queensland, has been forced to give up her wish to run a homemade cake stall because of exorbitant overregulation [...]

Abolish Airline Cabotage Restrictions

By | April 28th, 2017|Blog|

Australia’s airline cabotage laws are outdated and contrary to the interests of consumers. The term ‘cabotage’ is typically used in the context of airline and [...]

Charities Take A Stand Against Red Tape

By | April 6th, 2017|Blog|

More than 100 not-for-profit organisations have formed a coalition in an effort to fix the sector’s burdensome and inefficient regulatory system. In an open letter [...]



IPA welcomes PC call to cut farming red tape

By | March 28th, 2017|Media releases|

“The Productivity Commission’s final report, Regulation of Australian Agriculture, shows that red tape is the biggest factor undermining prosperity in the agricultural sector,” said Daniel [...]

Australia must follow United States and cut red tape

By | February 1st, 2017|Media releases|

“President Donald Trump announced today that his Administration will significantly reduce red tape on job-creating businesses. Australia must implement serious reforms to reduce the $176 [...]

Australia should follow the United States and cut red tape

By | November 23rd, 2016|Media releases|

“Australia must follow President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to cut red tape otherwise we will be rendered uncompetitive and unable to attract global investment,” said Daniel [...]

Red Tape Media


Research Report – International Competitiveness and Over-Regulation

By | August 4th, 2016|Reports|

It has been ten years since the Howard government’s landmark Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business inquiry. However, despite much apparent effort, on a [...]

The Red Tape State

By | May 26th, 2016|Reports|

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, [...]

The $176 billion tax on our prosperity

By | May 11th, 2016|Reports|

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red [...]

Red Tape Research


The Human Cost of Red Tape

The IPA’s Simon Breheny talks with Craig Prosser, owner of Pross Haulage, about the human cost of red tape and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

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Agriculturalist struggles with burdensome bureaucracy

How burdensome bureaucracy and red tape from Canberra and Brisbane killed off employment opportunities in Northern Australia.

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