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 leads to an uncertain future for the ACT

By | October 21st, 2016|Blog|

A new Sensis survey has found that business confidence in the ACT has sharply declined, with one in five businesses reporting being worried about the [...]

Vic Government forcing more red tape on farmers

By | October 13th, 2016|Blog|

The Victorian state government is moving to implement 37 recommendations from the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC). The AIAC was created by the Andrews Government [...]

Medical red tape nightmare

By | October 12th, 2016|Blog|

GP Dr Aniello Iannuzzi writes a guest blog on an array of media red tape. Just as the nausea from the “Mediscare” election propaganda appeared [...]



IPA welcomes Senate Select Committee on red tape

By | October 11th, 2016|Media releases|

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs welcomes Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm's establishment of a Senate Select Committee into Australia's red tape [...]

Xenophon wrong and opportunistic on drone rules

By | October 6th, 2016|Media releases|

“Nick Xenophon is wrong to try to disallow new drone regulations” said Darcy Allen, Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of [...]

Government should follow Minister Canavan and end Green Lawfare

By | October 6th, 2016|Media releases|

“Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan is right to take on green groups that abuse the legal system to shut [...]

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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