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)


Red tape strangling media industry

By | September 22nd, 2016|Blog|

Chairman of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, Tony Shepherd, has called for reform of Australia’s media laws. Mr. Shepard made the case that [...]

New MP becomes instant red tape champion with maiden speech

By | September 21st, 2016|Blog|

Newly elected MP for the electorate of Brisbane, Trevor Evans, has called for red tape reform in his maiden speech. Mr. Evans voiced particular concern [...]

Become the Saviour of the Strangled

By | August 29th, 2016|Blog|

Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition Government has fired up with a 25 point battle plan to prepare an “acid test” for Labor to support their agenda. The [...]



Address to the Pastoralists and Graziers Association 2016 Annual Convention by Chris Berg

By | September 7th, 2016|Media releases|

Address to the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia 2016 Annual Convention Friday, 2 September 2016 at Crown Perth, Burswood Australia is a country [...]

Adani decision shows we must repeal Section 487

By | August 29th, 2016|Media releases|

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs have called for the repeal of Section 487 of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC) [...]

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 [...]

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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