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Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Quantity and Quality

Productivity Commission

in Research Reports from Productivity Commission, Government of Australia

Abstract: The Productivity Commission has released two companion reports, benchmarking business regulation across jurisdictions: one on the Quantity and Quality of Regulation, the other on the Cost of Business Registrations. This first report provides indicators of the stock and flow of regulation and regulatory activities, and quality indicators for a range of regulatory processes, across all levels of government. The indicators provide some baseline information for each jurisdiction, against which trends in the quantity and quality of regulation might be assessed in the future. It is apparent that there are significant differences across jurisdictions, reflecting different regulatory approaches as well as the characteristics of the jurisdictions themselves. The second report provides estimates of compliance costs for business in obtaining a range of registrations required by the Australian, state, territory and selected local governments. The registrations include generic requirements for incorporation, taxation and business name registrations. In addition, the Commission benchmarked specific registration costs incurred for five types of business (a café, builder, long day child care, real estate agent and winery). It emerged that the estimated time costs of business registrations were generally relatively low, with most costs and differences across jurisdictions relating to fees and charges. These reports are the first instalment of a series of studies benchmarking Australian business regulation across jurisdictions. They have also served to test the usefulness of different survey techniques and benchmarking indicators and provided lessons for future exercises. In particular, the business registrations study highlighted the potential challenges in obtaining adequate data from individual businesses. The reports should facilitate a more informed discussion about comparative performance and help jurisdictions identify where they might improve their regulatory performance.

Keywords: benchmarking; business regulation; compliance costs; regulatory processes; regulatory performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A B C D H (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-74037-269-5
Note: 186 pages. This report is one of a pair in the first year of this second stage. It presents indicators of the quantity and quality of business regulation across jurisdictions. A companion report (Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Cost of business registrations) develops and applies benchmark estimates for business registrations for five types of businesses.
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