Parliamentary Research Brief – Red Tape In Australian Laws Is Highest On Record

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5 December 2023
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The total number of regulatory restrictions in laws enforced by the federal government is now at a record high of 371,514.

This analysis is based on RegData, a red tape measure developed by George Mason University’s world-leading regulatory economics faculty, the Mercatus Center.

  • In 2005, just under 200,000 regulatory restrictions in federal laws were imposed on Australian businesses and individuals.
  • Since 2005, federal red tape has increased by 88%, a net increase of 173,856 regulatory restrictions.
  • Red tape has grown at a rate two-thirds greater than overall national economic growth since 2005.
  • Every state has increased the amount of red tape contained in state laws between 2019 and 2022.

Chart 1: Total number of regulatory restrictiveness clauses in federal laws, 2005-2022

Source: RegData (2022)

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