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Notice given 1 November 2012

2451  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the email from Catherine Wilson to Mr Ahmed Fahour ( Ahmed.Fahour@auspost.com.au ) dated 23 October 2012, can a full explanation of the matters contained and set out in the email be provided.

Senator Bushby: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2454-2501)—For each department and agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and each Commonwealth authority under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 within the Minister’s portfolio:

(1) How many Australian Public Service full-time equivalent staff are engaged by each department, agency and authority in relation to the: (a) creation; (b) administration or management; and (c) enforcement of new or existing Acts of Parliament, legislative instruments and quasi-regulation.

(2) What and how many: (a) compliance requirements; (b) industry guidelines; (c) best practice procedures; (d) codes of conduct; and (e) any other industrial manuals/documents, have been created since December 2007.

(3) Was an Annual Regulatory Plan completed for each of the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 financial years, and will a plan be completed for the 2013-14 financial year.

(4) For the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 financial years: (a) how many pieces of regulation, including Acts of Parliament, legislative instruments and quasi-regulation, were included in each Annual Regulatory Plan; and (b) were the same, more or fewer pieces of regulation passed as anticipated in each Annual Regulatory Plan: (i) if more, which pieces of regulation were passed in addition to the plan, and (i) if fewer, which pieces of regulation were not passed and why were they not passed.

(5) Does each department, agency and authority assess the total costs associated with its regulatory measures; if so: (a) what is the total: (i) direct, and (ii) indirect, regulatory cost burden that each department, agency and authority imposes on the non-government sector; and (b) how much regulatory cost has each department, agency and authority: (i) imposed, and (ii) removed, from the non-government sector since August 2010.

(6) Does each department, agency and authority impose a cost-recovery scheme on the non-government sector; if so: (a) what are the cost-recovery programs; (b) what fees are currently being imposed; and (c) in each case, by how much have these fees increased since August 2010.

2456 Minister representing the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research

2457 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

2463 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2464 Minister representing the Minister for Emergency Management

2475 Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Innovation

2482 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business

2494 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

2495 Minister representing the Minister for Justice