Consultations and Reviews

Consultation to modernise document execution across the Federation

Businesses and individuals are being invited to have their say on how technology can be used to streamline the way statutory declarations and deeds are executed. Consultation will provide insights on how statutory declarations and deeds are used in the everyday transactions of Australians and inform advice to Treasurers and Attorneys General on a common approach to their execution.

This builds on the June 2021 Council on Federal Financial Relations agreement to work closely with the states and territories towards a common approach to document execution and follows temporary amendments made by some jurisdictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ben Morton, said the Morrison Government was committed to modernising document execution.

The consultation paper is available at Modernising Document Execution with submissions closing on Friday 8 October 2021.

For more information on the Government’s Deregulation Agenda visit deregulation.pmc.gov.au.

Source: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Trade measurement policy for electric vehicle charging stations: consultation paper

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is proposing options for a regulatory framework to support accurate measurements made using electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS).

We are seeking feedback on the proposed policy options.

Your comments and feedback will allow NMI to better understand:

  • industry requirements
  • the impacts of the proposed options.

Consultation is open from 30th August until Friday 15 October 2021.

If you have questions regarding the consultation paper, email NMILegalMetrologyPolicy@measurement.gov.au.

Source: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources


Queensland Government funeral price transparency consultation now open

Arranging a funeral can be an emotional process, sometimes with added time pressures if the death of a loved one was unexpected. 

Funerals involve significant expenditure. It is an infrequent purchase, often during a stressful and emotional time. The decision-making ability of consumers is often considerably impacted by their vulnerable state, time constraints and cultural expectations and pressures. Therefore, organising a funeral is different to most other major consumer decisions.

Consumers are generally unfamiliar with the options available and the prices involved with arranging a funeral. They may be offered a bundle of goods and services and be unaware which are required, and which are optional. There is also an absence of easily accessible and clear pricing information.

That is why the Queensland Government, through the Office of Fair Trading, is seeking the views of the broader community on funeral price transparency in Queensland.

The objective of improved funeral price transparency is to provide consumers with pricing information to make a more informed choice about the kind of funeral they want for their loved one. Funeral price transparency is intended to ensure a funeral provider’s price for certain products and services are disclosed upfront, so they can be compared with those of other providers.

Consumers, stakeholders and interested parties are invited to visit the Queensland Government’s website for detailed information on how to submit feedback, review the options paper and provide comments on the three proposed options. 

Consultation is open from Thursday 12 August until Thursday 7 October 2021.

If you have questions regarding the consultation, email funeralconsultation@justice.qld.gov.au.

Source: Office of Fair Trading, Queensland Government