Chemicals and Plastics Regulation
This study has concluded. The research report was released on the 7 August 2008.
The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study into chemicals and plastics regulation in Australia. In summary, the key tasks the Commission had been asked to undertake are to:
- assess Australia's current system of chemicals and plastics regulation, including its effectiveness in achieving public health, occupational health and safety, and environmental outcomes, and its impacts on productivity, competitiveness and efficiency;
- recommend reforms to the current system of regulation, including options to enhance national uniformity and consistency, streamline data requirements and assessment processes, and use alternatives to regulation.
In doing so the Commission had been asked to:
- investigate the degree to which Australian regulations diverge from overseas standards
- examine the existing regulatory arrangements for security sensitive ammonium nitrate
- examine the interrelationships between the different tiers of government in Australia - Australian, state and territory and local - and identify any inconsistencies and duplication
- make recommendations for reforms to regulations and regulatory arrangements to enhance national uniformity and consistency, streamline data requirements and assessment processes
- consider alternatives to regulation.
New governance structure (PDF - 17 KB)
At its meeting on 29 November 2008 COAG agreed to a new governance structure to oversee chemicals and plastics regulatory reform in response to the Commission's report, including the establishment of a COAG Standing Committee on Chemicals.
Interim COAG response (PDF - 85 KB)
At the same meeting COAG also agreed to a proposed interim COAG response to the report's recommendations.
Early harvest reforms (PDF - 54 KB)
COAG also welcomed progress on implementing the 18 early harvest reforms which endorse elements of the reform blueprint proposed by the Commission, and requested a further progress report for consideration at the first COAG meeting in 2009.
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Media release: Productivity Commission study of chemicals and plastics regulation
The draft report for this project is not available online.Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this study refer to the research report.
The final report of the study into chemicals and plastics regulation in Australia.
Supplement to the research report
A supplement to the Chemicals and Plastics Regulation Report of July 2008 that elaborates on national approaches to regulation that arose in the report.