The following government consultations provide opportunities for comments from stakeholders, industry and the wider community.

NSW Government Consultations

Exhibition of Draft Community Participation Plan
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment invites comment on their Draft Community Participation Plan. Submissions close Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Australian Government Consultations

Business & Industry

Increasing Thresholds for Large Proprietary Companies
The Treasury invites comment on the draft regulations that aim to reduce the financial reporting burden for some propriety companies by increasing the thresholds that define what is a large proprietary company. Submissions close Friday 14 December 2018.

Review of Unfair Contract Term Protections for Small Business
The Treasury invites comment on the review of the unfair contract term protections that were extended to small businesses two years ago. The review is looking at the impact of these protections and whether they have met their objective. Submissions close Friday 21 December 2018.

Grocery Unit Pricing Code Review
The Treasury invites comment on the review of the Retail Grocery Industry (Unit Pricing) Code of Conduct. Submissions close Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Energy

Statements in Customer Hardship Policies
The Australian Energy Regulator invites comment on the standardised statements for use in all customer hardship policies. Submissions close Friday 7 December 2018.

Power Price Reforms
The Australian Energy Regulator invites comment on the development of default power prices with the aim of making electricity costs fairer. Submissions close Friday 7 December 2018.

Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Review
Energy Rating invites comment on the report coming from a review of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act. The act aims to reduce Australia’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Submissions close Friday 21 December 2018.

Hot Water Systems Policy Framework and Roadmap
Energy Rating invites comment on the policy framework and five year roadmap for energy efficiency improvements of all hot water system technologies. Submissions close Monday 10 December 2018.

Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme Eligibility
The Department of the Environment and Energy invites comment on amendments that aim to clarify the eligibility of solar devices for support from the small-scale renewable energy scheme. Submissions close Friday 14 December 2018.

Food

Approval of Processing Aid – Cereal-Based Products
Food Standards Australia New Zealand invites comment on the approval of a processing aid to be used in the manufacturing of cereal-based products. Submissions close Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Approval of Processing Aid – Starch Processing
Food Standards Australia New Zealand invites comment on the approval of a processing aid to be used in starch processing. Submissions close Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Processing Aid in Dairy Processing
Food Standards Australia New Zealand invites comment on the application to allow the use of a specific lactase enzyme as a processing aid for use in dairy processing. Submissions close Thursday 17 January 2019.

Health

Health Star Rating Review
The Department of Health invites comment on the five year review of the Health Star Rating system, how well the objectives of the system have been met and identify options for improvements. Submissions close Friday 7 December 2018.

Mental Health
This Productivity Commission inquiry will look at how governments across Australia, employers, professional and community groups in healthcare, education, employment, social services, housing and justice can contribute to improving mental health for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Submissions close Friday 5 April 2019.

Intellectual Property

Draft Intellectual Property Regulations
IP Australia invites comment on the draft regulations that aims to streamline processes and make it easier to apply for and maintain intellectual property rights. Submissions close Friday 21 December 2018.

Superannuation

Early Release of Superannuation Benefits
The Treasury invites comment on the draft proposals for reform of the rules governing the early release of superannuation benefits on compassionate and severe financial hardship grounds. Submissions close Friday 15 February 2019.

Taxation

Taxation of Insurance Companies
The Treasury invites comment on the potential tax impacts that implementing the new accounting standard for insurance contracts will have on insurance companies. Submissions close Thursday 31 January 2019.

Telecommunications

Consumer Safeguards Review – Reliability of Services
The Department of Communications and the Arts invites comment on the development of consumer safeguards for the future telecommunications environment. This consultation is looking at measures to improve the reliability of services. Submissions close Friday 21 December 2018.

Broadband Speed Claims Guidance
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission invites comment on the updates to the industry guidance that outlines good practices for retail service providers when claiming speeds for broadband plans. Submissions close Wednesday 19 December 2018.