Steps in process:

  1. Notice of Inquiry29 Jan 2021
  2. Issues Paper31 Mar 2021
  3. Initial ConsultationMar - Jul 2021
  4. Draft Report5 Aug 2021
  5. Report ConsultationAug - Sep 2021
  6. Final Report29 Oct 2021 - current step

Notice of Inquiry

The South Australian Government has asked the Commission to undertake an inquiry into modern regulation. Regulations can help protect the health and safety of the community, conserve the environment and make the economy work better. Poorly designed and inefficiently administered regulations can impose unnecessary burdens on businesses and consumers in terms of foregone jobs, investment and productivity growth.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the power of regulations to change business and consumer behaviour. It has also highlighted the need for regulatory systems and structures to be agile and adaptable to external shocks and changes in technology. The terms of reference for the inquiry require the Commission to report on options for reforming South Australia’s institutional framework for making and administering regulations to better enable investment, employment and productivity growth. In doing so, the Commission is asked to consider the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and better practice thinking and principles to ensure that regulatory design and practice remain fit-for-purpose and responsive to emerging technological and other trends.


Di Wheeler
T: 08 8226 7744

Inquiry Lead

Christine Bierbaum
T: 08 8226 7705