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)


“Back in Business: Queensland Reforms Trading Hours”

By | February 23rd, 2017|Blog|

The oppressive nature of trading hours’ restrictions on Queensland businesses has long been known. However, state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has recognised the need for reforming [...]

Minor Party Voters Support Cutting Red Tape

By | February 15th, 2017|Blog|

A new Essential Research poll has shown that minor party voters believe that Australia is over-regulated. While across all Australian voters, 33 per cent think [...]

Charities Burdened By Red Tape

By | January 30th, 2017|Blog|

Australian charities are being obstructed by red tape because of inconsistency and duplication between state and federal regulators. Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, called for [...]



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 [...]

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 [...]

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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