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)


Petrol price gouging? Nope, just more red tape

By | August 24th, 2016|Blog|

Today in the Australian Caltex Australia chief executive Julian Segal hit back at competition watchdog who accused them of price gouging. Claiming that it is [...]

Government must address red tape in mining

By | August 22nd, 2016|Blog|

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, has announced a series of government investments to promote the growth of the mining industry. Canavan stated [...]

Regulator Acknowledges Need For Less Regulation

By | August 15th, 2016|Blog|

The Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) has endorsed reducing red tape in Australia’s aviation industry. This recommendation comes in response to industry accusations that [...]



IPA submission welcomes PC call to cut farming red tape

By | August 25th, 2016|Media releases|

“The Productivity Commission (PC) draft report on the Regulation of Agriculture shows what farmers have long known - duplicative and unnecessary red tape holds agriculture [...]

IPA welcomes NSW Auditor General’s report on our red tape problem

By | August 25th, 2016|Media releases|

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs welcomes new calls for improving New South Wales’ red tape reduction system, particularly relating to increased [...]

Victoria is introducing a $2 Uber tax and more red tape on progress

By | August 23rd, 2016|Media releases|

“Victoria can legalise ride-sharing without new taxes for consumers, and without new red tape for drivers,” said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of [...]

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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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