We asked, you said, we did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

The Australian Government commissioned a review of the accessibility of the patent system for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Independent expert Emeritus Professor Raoul Mortley AO led the review. He consulted SMEs and other stakeholders through targeted interviews in August and September 2020. We compiled the main findings from those interviews into a discussion paper.

We asked for your feedback on the questions raised in the discussion paper.

You said

We received a total of 22 submissions.

  • 10 from SMEs
  • 5 from peak bodies or attorney firms
  • 7 from university commercialisation offices

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

We did

The submissions informed the Patents accessibility review report

Professor Mortley outlined 3 key findings and 16 recommendations.

The report was tabled in parliament on 27 May 2021. The Government is considering the findings and recommendations made by Professor Mortley.

We asked

We developed a draft policy framework setting out proposed revisions to the offshore oil and gas safety regime.

We asked for your views on the proposals in the draft policy framework.

To develop the draft policy framework, we considered:

  • feedback from members of the offshore workforce collected through an online survey
  • the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into the work health and safety of workers in the offshore petroleum industry, held in 2018.

We also tested the offshore safety framework for alignment, where appropriate, with other work health and safety laws.

You said

We received 10 submissions on the draft policy framework. Three respondents provided confidential submissions and we published the remaining 7.

The submissions broadly supported the continuation of an objective-based offshore regulatory regime. Overall they supported the policy proposals in the draft framework.

Several submissions suggestions changes and additional policy measures. Some were also seeking clarification on the details of policy measures proposed.

We did

Responses from the public helped us revise and finalise the policy framework.

We published the final Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Review policy framework.

The public will be able to comment on draft legislative amendments in late 2021.

We asked

The Australian Government recognises the problem of long and late payment times for Australian’s small businesses. To address the issue, the Government announced in November 2018 that it would implement a Payment Times Reporting Scheme.  From 1 January 2021, large businesses and certain government agencies with a total annual income of $100 million will need to publicly report on their payment terms and practices for small business suppliers, increasing transparency and incentivising better payment performance.

The Scheme design and legislation has been consulted on widely. Since early 2019, consultation on the design and development of the Scheme has been held with over 400 large businesses, small businesses, industry groups and government agencies.  Consultations included four discussion papers, multiple workshops, a survey of small business stakeholders, targeted meetings and an Exposure of the legislation and subordinate legislation.

You said

We received 81 submissions in total of which 53 were published based on consent from businesses, industry organisations and individuals.

Read the public submissions.

We did

The Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 14 October 2020 and comes into effect on 1 January 2021. 

The legislation reflects stakeholder interests and minimises the reporting burden for large businesses while maximising transparency on their small business payment terms and practices. 

We asked

The Australian Government released the Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper for consultation. The Roadmap is an enduring strategy to accelerate the development and commercialisation of new and emerging low emissions technologies. An important element of the framework in the Roadmap are annual Low Emissions Technology Statements. These articulate Government’s investment priorities.

We asked about Australia’s big technology challenges and opportunities, and technologies we could prioritise for investment.

You said

We received roughly 500 written submissions from industry, researchers and the community in response to the Roadmap discussion paper. Around 150 people attended targeted workshops. More than 400 people attended a webinar hosted by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO.

We did

This feedback informed the Technology Investment Roadmap’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement. The Statement was also guided by a high level Ministerial Reference Panel, chaired by Dr Finkel, and comprising leaders from business, investment and the research community.

Read the First Low Emissions Technology Statement.

We asked

The Australian Space Agency (the Agency) released a paper to inform the consultation process and encourage targeted discussion on the $150 million Moon to Mars initiative. The process provided an opportunity for the Australian Space Agency to engage with industry and the public about developing Australia’s space industry. The consultation paper was accompanied by consultation sessions in every capital city, held in February and March 2020. The sessions sought feedback on the Moon to Mars initiative, including consideration of the objectives, program design and potential areas of investment that will grow Australia’s space industry and inspire the public. 

You said

The consultations were considered an overwhelming success, with engagement from a range of stakeholders across the space, industry and research sectors. The Agency received over 70 written submissions from government, business, academia, non-government organisations and individuals. We heard directly from more than 550 participants in the consultation meetings held across the country.  Read the submissions.

We did

We analysed the submissions and are engaging with experts from industry, academia and community groups to help analyse the feedback which will ultimately inform the program design. The first program expected to open under the Moon to Mars initiative is the Supply Chain program. Further details will be available on our website and through our newsletter.  Read the Moon to Mars Consultation Feedback Summary

This report provides a summary of the consultation outcomes, highlighting themes from participant responses and the Agency’s response to these themes in the context of the Moon to Mars initiative (the initiative).  

Contact

If you would like to discuss the consultation outcomes in more detail please contact the Australian Space Agency at 1800 087 367 or at consultation@space.gov.au

 

We asked

The Australian Government released the offshore clean energy infrastructure discussion paper for consultation. The proposed regulatory framework is designed to enable the exploration, construction, operation and decommissioning of:

  • offshore wind and other clean energy technologies 
  • associated infrastructure in Commonwealth waters (beyond three nautical miles from the coast)

We asked for your input into the proposed offshore clean energy framework design. 

You said

We received over 40 submissions from industry, researchers and the community in response to the discussion paper. Around 250 people attended public consultation workshops in Perth and Melbourne. 

We received support for the design and principles of the framework. Many submissions requested further detail and consultation on specific measures. 

We did

Submissions and consultations informed updates to the framework design. The name was changed from ‘offshore clean energy infrastructure’ to ‘offshore renewable energy infrastructure’. This provides greater clarity on the framework’s coverage. 

The legislative settings and framework aim to be in place and operational by mid-2021. There will be further opportunity to consult on regulations and policy details in 2021. 

We asked

The Australian Government is committed to delivering the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Napandee, in Kimba, South Australia. Public submissions were one measure of community sentiment taken into consideration in assessing whether there was broad community support for the facility at the nominated sites.

The submissions period was open for 499 days, from 1 August 2018 to 12 December 2019.

We also sought feedback through community ballots and business and neighbour surveys, between 3 October and 19 December 2019.

You said

We received 3,692 submissions from 3,212 unique submitters including individuals, groups and families, businesses, non-business organisations, and officials.

As part of this process, individuals and organisations were given the opportunity to provide consent for their submissions to be made public.

Read the public submissions.

We did

The submissions were analysed and considered as one of a number of indicators of community sentiment.  A range of other factors were also taken into account during the site identification process.

See the Minister’s media release and statement of reasons.

We asked

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology released a discussion paper seeking your input to the design the Boosting Female Founders Initiative, a 2018 Women’s Economic Security Package measure to supports diversity among startup founders by providing female founders with access to finance to grow their startups.
Consultations were undertaken between 26 August and 4 October 2019 to seek views from stakeholders from the startup and innovation ecosystem.

You said

We undertook 20 face-to-face focus groups across Australia (14 regional, 6 metro) and a webinar with 386 participants. We received 323 submissions through the Consultation Hub and by email.

Read the Boosting Female Founders Initiative Consultation Outcomes Report.

We did

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative was launched on 17 March 2020.

Details can be found at www.business.gov.au/BFF.

We asked

Building on previous engagement, the COAG Energy Council Working Group released nine thematic issues papers on 1 July 2019. The issues papers sought feedback on the potential role of policies and actions in realising hydrogen opportunities, with questions presented in each issue paper.

You said

We received 77 submissions (23 of which were confidential) from government, business, academia, non-government organisations and individuals.

Read the submissions.
 

We did

We analysed the submissions and engaged with experts from industry, academia and community groups to help analyse the feedback. This enabled us to develop Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

Read the strategy.

We asked

The COAG Energy Council Working Group released a discussion paper on 1 March 2019. This paper sought to encourage conversations about Australia’s emerging hydrogen industry. In particular, we sought feedback on key policy questions presented in the discussion paper.

You said

We received 118 submissions (29 of which were confidential) from government, business, academia, non-government organisations and individuals.

Read the submissions.
 

We did

We analysed the submissions and engaged with experts from industry, academia and community groups to help analyse the feedback. This enabled us to develop nine thematic issues papers to explore the topics further and inform the development of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.