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Government Red Tape Growth Stops Says New Data

Government Red Tape Growth Stops Says New Data

28th Apr 17

Summary —

The Australian Dental Industry Red Tape Index covering the third quarter of FY2016-17 suggests that the growth in the amount of red tape faced by dental product manufacturers and suppliers has stopped.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

Business across the dental industry face a heavy red tape burden on matters associated with the employment of people, import / export regulations through to the compliance obligations associated with the manufacturing and supply of dental products.  To assess the extent that this burden is increasing / decreasing, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) produces the Australian Dental Industry Red Tape Index.

The Australian Dental Industry Red Tape Index is compiled using sentiment from ADIA members, the businesses that manufacture and supply dental products.

For the third quarter of FY2016-17, the Australian Dental Industry Red Tape Index produced a reading of 48.6, suggesting that the amount of government red tape faced by businesses in the previous was the same as the one that proceeded it, with the possibility that it actually declined a little.  An index level of 50 indicates that there is an exact balance between those businesses who responded that the regulatory compliance burden is increasing and those who replied that the regulatory compliance burden had declined. Thus, a level below 50 can generally be interpreted as meaning the regulatory compliance burden is falling, and conversely, a reading above 50 indicates the regulatory compliance burden is increasing.

The index reading of 48.6 is viewed as significant as, for the previous thirteen quarters, in all but one instance the survey provided sentiment that businesses in the dental industry believed that the amount of red tape increased.

There are several issues that are likely to have produced sentiment amongst businesses in the dental industry that the red tape burden has decreased.  Thanks to reforms at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the task of seeking market approval to supply dental products, and other medical devices, is becoming easier.  Many other Australian Government departments and agencies are introducing simplified reporting arrangements which will also contribute to this outcome.  In this respect, the changes that will make Business Activity Statement (BAS) reporting easier and cheaper for small business will play a role further alleviating the compliance burden when small businesses will only need to report GST information on their BAS for GST on sales, on purchases and total sales.

The Australian Dental Industry Red Tape Index is one of a number of reports analysing the dental industry.  Others such as the Australian Dental Products Business Conditions Survey provides guidance on business conditions within dental product manufacturers and suppliers (the data for the red tape index is collected as part of the process of preparing the business conditions survey.  This information fulfils a commitment made in the 2016-20 ADIA Strategic Plan to provide member businesses with the information to make informed decisions about their future.

Member Engagement —

It's the advice and guidance from member businesses that determines the type of analytical information prepared by ADIA, with members that have an interest in this area serving on the ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee.  Updates on the research are provided at the quarterly ADIA State Branch Briefings.  If your business has an interest in this matter, get involved today.

Further Information —

For further information on ADIA's dental industry analysis send an email to or telephone 1300 943 094.  To keep up to date follow ADIA on Facebook at or subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental.

Currency Of Information & Disclaimer —

This update was issued on 28 April 2017 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here. 

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