Comparing the second and third waves of regulatory reform in Australia

Carroll, P. and Head, B.W. (2009). Comparing the second and third waves of regulatory reform in Australia. In: Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009. Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 28-30 September 2009.

Author Carroll, P.
Head, B.W.
Title of paper Comparing the second and third waves of regulatory reform in Australia
Conference name Australian Political Studies Association Conference
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 September 2009
Convener Macquarie University, Sydney
Proceedings title Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2009
Place of Publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Macquarie University
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages ERA -unavailable
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper will argue that there have been three waves of regulatory reform in contemporary Australia, each informed by a similar broad set of neo-liberal, political and economic objectives, but with important differences that reflect: the changing nature of the issues being addressed; the changing domestic and international context within which the reforms have been developed; the motives and roles of the State and Commonwealth governments in initiating the reforms; the management and organization of the reform processes. Our focus is upon the second and third waves of regulatory reform, commencing in the late 1980s. We suggest that the third wave of regulatory reform, commencing in about 2006 and initially described as the National Reform Agenda, represents a reinvigoration of key aspects of the second wave of microeconomic reform (as commenced under the Hawke and Keating Governments of the later 1980s and early 1990s and continued under the Howard Government). However, it also represents a genuine broadening of the national ‘productivity and efficiency’ debate by entering new policy areas as designated within the Human Capital agenda of COAG. Some of the impetus for this broadening came from the States with a view to engaging the Commonwealth at the highest level on expensive program areas such as health, childcare and education/training. These ‘human capital’ issues certainly include core ‘regulatory reform’ issues concerning regulatory clarity and accountability for performance, but funding responsibilities between the levels of government are also crucial issues. The structural arrangements for reform of intergovernmental relations in the Australian federal system have changed in response to the broad range of issues and heavy workloads. These changes include new arrangements for intergovernmental funding; a new oversight body, the CRC; and closer integration of strategic policy work between COAG and ministerial councils
Subjects 9402 Government and Politics
160505 Economic Development Policy
Q-Index Code E1
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