Agriculture

Sugar Code of Conduct
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources invites comment on the review of Australia’s Sugar Code of Conduct, which aims to determine its effectiveness in regulating the Australian sugar industry. Submissions close Wednesday 22 August 2018.

Business

Modernising Business Registers
The Treasury invites comment on the ideas for modernising business registry services. These ideas include looking at legislative changes, possible enhancements to services and user experience, funding arrangements, and implementation of a director identification number. Submissions close Friday 17 August 2018.

Designing a Modern Australian Business Number System
The Treasury invites provide your views on possible changes to the Australian Business Number system. Submissions close Friday 31 August 2018.

Energy

Restricted Asset Exemption Guideline
The Australian Energy Regulator invites comment on the draft restricted asset exemption guideline for electricity distribution businesses. Submissions close Monday 20 August 2018.

Environment

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Amendments
The Department of Environment and Energy invites comment on the draft amendments to the safeguard mechanism that requires facilities to keep emissions below a designated baseline. Submissions close Friday 7 September 2018.

Social Aspects of Ecologically Sustainable Development
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority invites comment on the proposed position for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority on how to incorporate social aspects of ecologically sustainable development into its decision making. Submissions close Friday 24 August 2018.

Food

New Enzyme Production Process
Food Standards Australia New Zealand invites comment on the proposed enzyme production process to create Rebaudioside M (Reb M) from genetically modified yeast. Reb M is currently used as a food additive in a wide range of foods. Submissions close Friday 31 August 2018.

Food Additive – Rosemary Extract
Food Standards Australia New Zealand invites comment on the approval to permit rosemary extract as a food additive to be used as an antioxidant. Submissions close Friday 31 August 2018.

Food Additive – Monk Fruit Extract
Food Standards Australia New Zealand comment on the application to permit monk fruit extract as a food additive to be used as an intense sweetener. Submissions close Friday 31 August 2018.

Labelling of Sugars on Packaged Foods and Drinks
The Department of Health invites comment on the options for labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks for sale in Australia. Submissions close Wednesday 19 September 2018.

Food Reformulation Targets
The Department of Health invites comment on the proposed targets for reduced levels of sodium, sugars and saturated fats in specified food categories. The aim of these targets is to encourage food manufacturers to reformulate their products to improve nutritional quality. Submissions close Monday 12 November 2018.

Health

Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia
The Medical Board of Australia invites comment on the draft revised code of conduct for doctors in Australia. The revised code expands on and links with existing guidance. Submissions close Friday 17 August 2018.

Registered Nurse and Midwife Prescribing
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia invites comment on the registration standard and guidelines that would allow registered nurses to prescribed scheduled medicines. Submissions close Friday 21 September 2018.

Fabric Softener Chemical Assessment
The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme invites comment on the secondary assessment of a chemical used in fabric softeners. This assessment will look at the risks of the chemicals continued use. Submissions close Tuesday 4 September 2018.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Laws Bill
IP Australia invites comment on the proposed amendments to intellectual property laws, which include amending the inventive step requirement in Australian patents and Crown use of patents and designs. Submissions close Friday 31 August 2018.

Social Services

Stronger Outcomes for Families
The Department of Social Services invites comment on the most effective way to use Government investment into programs that support family and children. Submissions close Wednesday 15 August 2018.

Superannuation

Audit Cycle for Self-Managed Superannuation Funds
The Treasury invites comment on the proposed change the annual audit requirement to a three yearly requirement for self-managed superannuation funds with a history of good record-keeping and compliance. Submissions close Friday 31 August 2018.

Draft Superannuation Gaurantee Regulations
The Treasury invites comment on the draft Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Regulations. These draft regulations replace the existing version with a small number of updates. Submissions close Wednesday 15 August 2018.

Telecommunications

Remaking Telco Standards and Changing the Labelling Notice
The Australian communications and Media Authority invites comment on the proposal to remake the existing industry standards relating to customer equipment used in wireless connections to a telecommunications network. Amendments are also proposed to the telecommunications labelling notice that relate to customer equipment. Submissions close Sunday 2 September 2018.

Taxation

Removing Tax Deductibility of Certain Payments
The Treasury invites comment on the proposal to remove tax deductibility of certain payments, including payment of wages and payments to contractors. Submissions close Friday 17 August 2018.

Taxable Payment Reporting System
The Treasury invites comment on the proposed expansion of the taxable payment reporting system to include the following industries: road freight, information technology, and security, investigation or surveillance. Submissions close Friday 17 August 2018.