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Agriculture

APVMA Stakeholder Engagement Framework
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority invites feedback on their draft Stakeholder Engagement Framework. The Framework, and accompanying Stakeholder Engagement Activities document, outlines the APVMA’s stakeholder engagement strategy for the 2020–23 period. Submissions close Friday 21 February 2020.

Banking

Compensation Scheme of Last Resort
The Treasury invites comment on the recommended compensation scheme of last resort (CSLR) to be established due to the royal commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry. The CSLR will be forward looking and industry-funded, operated by the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), extend beyond personal advice failures and has design features consistent with the recommendations of the Ramsay Review. Submissions close Friday 7 February 2020.

Financial Regulator Coordination and Information Sharing
The Treasury invites comment on the financial regulator coordination and information sharing draft, which comes as a result of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry. The draft looks to place a statutory obligation on ASIC and APRA to cooperate, share information with each other and notify each other if they have a reasonable belief that there has been a breach of the other’s legislation. Submissions close Friday 24 January 2020.

Business

Information Standard for Ticket Resales
The Treasury invites comment on the proposed Information Standard for ticket resales. The Information Standard will require ticket resale websites to disclose the face value of tickets, and to disclose the fact the website is not a primary ticket seller. Submissions close Friday 14 February 2020.

Cooperative Workplaces
The Attorney Generals Department invites comment on the discussion paper which looks at how cooperative workplaces could improve Australian workplace productivity performance. Submissions close Friday 28 February 2020.

Product Design and Distribution Obligations
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission invites comment on the proposals for guidance on the product design and distribution obligations under the Corporations Act. It also sets out additional proposals relating to their administration of the product design and distribution regime. Submissions close Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Enhancements to Unfair Contract Term Protections
The Treasury invites comment on the Unfair Contract Term (UCT) protections review. It looks to enhance UCT protections for small business contracts, that they should be extended to consumer and insurance contracts to ensure consistency in the operation of the protections. Submissions close Monday 16 March 2020.

Communications

Improved Spectrum Access and Pricing for Satellite Services
Australian Communications and Media Authority invites comment on the proposed plans for better spectrum access and pricing for the use of extra spectrum from the 10.7 through to the 29.5 GHz bands for satellite services. Submissions close Monday 3 February 2020.

Alternative Voice Services Trials
The Department of Communications and the Arts invites comment on the proposed design of trials to explore new ways of delivering phone services in the rural and remote Australia. The objective of the trials is to find better ways to deliver voice services in rural and remote areas generally and in particular, areas served by high capacity radio concentrator systems. Submissions close Friday 7 February 2020.

New Online Safety Act
The Department of Communications and the Arts invites comment on the proposal for a new Online Safety Act to improve Australia’s online safety regulatory framework. The proposed Act would set out basic online safety expectations and aim to address harmful online content. Submissions close Wednesday 19 February 2020.

Review of Australian Classification Regulation
The Department of Communications and the Arts invites comment on the review of Australia’s entertainment classification regulation with the aim of ensuring it meets the needs of industry while providing appropriate information and protection for consumers. Submissions close Wednesday 19 February 2020.

Energy

Proposed Default Values for the Safeguard Mechanism
The Department of the Environment and Energy invites comment on the proposed default values for the Safeguard Mechanism, which provides a framework for Australia’s largest emitters to monitor, manage and report their emissions. The draft amendment instrument would set prescribed production variables and default emissions intensity values for most Safeguard sectors in the Schedules to the Safeguard Rule. Submissions close Tuesday 28 January 2020.

Draft Customer Service Incentive Scheme
The Australian Energy Regulator invites comment on the draft Customer Service Incentive Scheme (CSIS), which aims to provide distribution network service providers (DNSPs) with incentives to deliver customer services that meet customer preferences. Submissions close Friday 14 February 2020.

Offshore Clean Energy Infrastructure
The Department of Industry, Science and Innovation invites comment on the proposed framework for offshore clean energy infrastructure. This would enable exploration, construction, operation and decommissioning of offshore wind and other clean energy technologies and associated infrastructure in Commonwealth waters. Submissions close Friday 28 February 2020.

Environment

Draft Legislation for the National Standard for Environmental Risk management of Industrial Chemicals
The Department of the Environment and Energy invites comment on the draft legislation package for the National Standard for Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals (the National Standard). The National Standard has been developed by all Australian governments to efficiently and effectively manage the impacts of industrial chemicals on the environment while providing consistent requirements for businesses across Australia. Submissions close Friday 21 February 2020.

Draft Wildlife Conservation Plan for Seabirds
The Department of the Environment and Energy invites comment on the draft wildlife conservation plan for seabirds. The plan provides a framework to guide the conservation of the 76 seabird species and their habitat in Australia, and in recognition of their migratory and oceanic habits, outlines activities to support their conservation throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Submissions close Friday 17 April 2020.

Draft National Recovery for the Australian Painted Snipe
The Department of the Environment and Energy invites comment on the draft national recovery plan for the Australian Painted Snipe. The Australian Painted Snipe occurs over much of Australia, except Tasmania. The species is listed in the endangered category under the EPBC Act. The draft national recovery plan provides information on distribution, habitat, threatening processes, and presents the actions considered necessary to recover this species. Submissions close Friday 17 April 2020.

Draft National Recovery Plan for the Australasian Bittern
The Department of the Environment and Energy invites comment on the draft national recovery plan for the Australasian Bittern. The Australasian Bittern occurs in south-western and eastern Australia, including Tasmania, and is listed in the endangered category under the EPBC Act. The draft national recovery plan provides information on distribution, habitat, threatening processes, and presents the actions considered necessary to recover this species. Submissions close Friday 17 April 2020.

Health

Export of Therapeutic Goods from Australia
The Therapeutic Goods Administration invites comment on the export of medicines, and certification for medical devices for updated guidance for the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)’s export policy. Submissions close Monday 3 February 2020.

Adoption of European Union Guidelines in Australia
The Therapeutic Goods Administration invites comment on the proposed adoption or non-adoption of European Union guidelines, particularly on whether the introduction of all these medical products would be beneficial to the market if introduced. Submissions close Friday 7 February 2020.

Proposed Amendments to the Poisons Standard – Marker Dyes and Pigments
The Therapeutic Goods Administration invites comment on the proposed amendments to the Poison Standard, which would better outline the definition and usage of marker dyes and pigments in primarily veterinary and agriculture use. Submissions close Monday 10 February 2020.

Lung Cancer Screening Enquiry
The Department of Health invites comment on the enquiry into the prospects, processes and delivery of a national lung cancer screening program in Australia. This will include a review of national and international evidence on the benefits and harms of lung cancer screening, target population groups, and the design and effective delivery of a national lung cancer screening program in the Australian setting. Submissions close Monday 17 February 2020.

IMAP Tranche 28 Assessments
The Department of Health invites comment on the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) Tranche 28, which covers new human health and environment assessments as part of the IMAP framework, impacting the process of assessment of existing chemicals. Submissions close Friday 21 February 2020.

Draft Revised Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol
The National Health and Medical Research Council invites comment on the draft Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol. These draft updates are more reflective of the most recent and best available evidence on the health effects of alcohol consumption and aims to provide clear guidance for Australians on reducing their risk of harm from drinking alcohol. Submissions close Monday 23 February 2020.

Removal of Non-Industrial Chemicals from the Inventory
The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme invites comment on the removal of non-industrial chemicals from the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals before the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) starts on 1 July 2020. This aims to improve clarity on chemicals that are not likely to be industrial chemicals. Submissions close Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Human Rights

Human Rights Offenders Legislation
The Parliament of Australia invites comment on whether Australia should enact legislation comparable to the United States Magnitsky Act 2012, which would allow the Australian Government to penalise human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering Australia. Submissions close Friday 31 January 2020.

Taxation

LCR 2019/D4
The Australian Taxation Office invites comment on the superannuation fund for foreign residents withholding tax exemption and sovereign immunity. Submissions close Friday 21 February 2020.

TR 2019/D7
The Australian Taxation Office invites comment on ‘Income tax: when are deductions allowed for employees’ transport expenses?’ Submissions close Friday 28 February 2020.

Transport

Heavy Vehicle Charges 2020-21 and 2021-22
The National Transport Commission invites comment on the Transport and Infrastructure Council’s preference for heavy vehicle charges to increase by 2.5 per cent in 2020-21 and 2.5 per cent in 2021-22. Submissions close Friday 28 February 2020.

Draft Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-25
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator invites comment on the Draft Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-25 (the Draft Plan) which contributes to a national agenda for improving access and productivity. It aims to meet three objectives: provide access certainty and consistency; partner with local government to build capability; and promote safer and more productive vehicles that are better for the environment and communities. Submissions close Friday 13 March 2020.

Vet Products

Technical guideline for Out of Specification veterinary vaccine permit applications
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority invites submissions from those interested in a new guideline that outlines the technical requirements for the assessment of certain permit applications that are common to a range of veterinary vaccines. Submissions close Friday 28 February 2020.

Vaccine efficacy claim guidelines
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority invites submissions from those interested in new guidance for efficacy claims for immunobiological products. Submissions close Friday 28 February 2020.

Guideline on manufacturing site transfer requirements for immunobiological products
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority invites submissions from those interested in new guidance for manufacturing site transfer requirements for immunobiological products. Submissions close Friday 28 February 2020.

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