Business & Industry

Deferred Prosecution Agreement Scheme Code of Practice
The Attorney-General’s Department invites comment on the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) scheme code of practice, which outlines the scheme for industry. The DPA scheme aims to allow invited corporations that have allegedly been involved in corporate crime to comply with specified conditions. Submissions close Monday 9 July 2018.

Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme
The Treasury invites comment on the proposed reforms to legislation that would provide significant disincentive for employers to misuse the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme through the avoidance of payment of employee entitlements. Submissions close Monday 9 July 2018.

Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle
The Treasury invites comment on first portion of draft legislation, which establishes a framework for the Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle. The aim of this legislation is to increase the competitiveness of Australia’s managed fund industry. Submissions close Wednesday 11 July 2018.

Unfair Contract Terms – Insurance Contracts
The Treasury invites comment on the proposed model that would allow consumers and small businesses to have greater protection from unfair terms in insurance contracts. Submissions close Friday 27 July 2018.

Employment

Future Employment Services
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science invites comment on the design of future employment services that can adapt to the Australian labour market and continue to support job seekers. Submissions close Friday 3 August 2018.

Energy

Detailed Design of the National Energy Guarantee
The COAG Energy Council invites comment on the draft Detailed Design of the National Energy Guarantee, which intends to aid the delivery of more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy to consumers. Submissions close Friday 13 July 2018.

National Energy Guarantee – Commonwealth Elements
The COAG Energy Council invites comment on the parts of the National Energy Guarantee that the Commonwealth Government is responsible for. These include the emissions reduction target, emissions trading exemptions and use of offsets. Submissions close Friday 13 July 2018.

Retail Compliance Guideline Review
The Australian Energy Regulator invites comment on the Compliance Procedures and Guidelines, which help energy businesses comply with the National Energy Retail Law and the National Energy Retail Rules. This review aims to consult on the need to update the Guidelines. Submissions close Tuesday 17 July 2018.

Draft Service Classification Guideline
You are invited to comment on the draft version of the Service Classification Guideline for electricity distribution businesses, which aims to show how the Regulator classifies distribution services under a range of circumstances. Submissions close Monday 13 August 2018.

Food

Food Made from Genetically Modified Plant
Food Standards Australia New Zealand invites comment on the application to use a specific genetically modified safflower in food. Submissions close Tuesday 7 August 2018.

Food and Grocery Code of Conduct Review
The Treasury invites comment on the draft report recommendations which aim to ensure that the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct continues to works effectively. Submissions close Wednesday 1 August 2018.

Application for Food Additive
Food Standards Australia New Zealand invites comment on the application to use polysorbate 20 as a food additive for meat and seafood products. Submissions close Tuesday 24 July 2018.

Health

Schedule 3 Substances to be Added to Appendix H of the Poisons Standard
The Therapeutic Goods Administration invites comment on the proposed Schedule 3 substances to be added to Appendix H of the Poisons Standard to allow them to be advertised direct to consumers. Submissions close Monday 9 July 2018.

Supported School Transport and Transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
The Department of Social Services invites feedback on whether current arrangements for supported school transport should continue or whether the potential model for supported school transport could work under the NDIS. Submissions close Friday 20 July 2018.

Draft Modules for Guidelines for Guidelines
The National Health and Medical Research Council invites comment on a series of modules that aim to provide advice and guidance on how to write health guidelines in accordance with Australia’s Standards. Submissions close Wednesday 18 July 2018.

Medical Research Future Fund Priorities
The Department of Health invites comment on the 2018-2020 priorities of the medical research future fund. Submissions close Friday 31 August 2018.

Law Reform

Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders
The Australian Law Reform Commission invites feedback on the inquiry into class action proceedings and third-party litigation funders. Particularly whether and to what extent class action proceedings and third party litigation funders should be subject to Commonwealth regulation. Submissions close Monday 30 July 2018.

Online Safety

Enhancing Online Safety Regulatory Framework
The Department of Communication and the Arts invites comment on the review of the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 and the Online Content Scheme. The Act and Scheme aim to keep Australians safe as they use digital services and platforms. The review aims to ensure that the Act and Scheme remain fit-for-purpose. Submissions close Wednesday 25 July 2018.

Taxation

Effective Lives of Assets – Residential Rental Properties
The Australian Taxation Office invites comment on the review of the effect lives of assets used in residential rental properties. Effective lives are used to work out whether an asset’s decline in value can be claimed as a tax deduction. Submissions close Friday 28 September 2018.

Research and Development Tax Incentive
The Treasury invites comment on amendments to the Research and Development Tax Incentive that aim to improve it’s a affordability and to implement a ‘clinical trials’ exemption. Submissions close Thursday 26 July 2018.

Telecommunications

2018 Regional Telecommunications Review
The Department of Communication and the Arts invites comments on telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia. In particular, you are asked to address how to maximise the economic benefits of digital technologies, how to increase benefits of broadband services, and current gaps in mobile coverage. Submissions close Sunday 5 August 2018.

Transport

Vehicle Standards Review
The National Transport Authority invites comment on the review of standards for light and heavy vehicles in Australia. This review aims to ensure the vehicle standards allow for increased transport productivity, transport safety and regulatory efficiency. Submissions close Wednesday 1 August 2018.