Professional regulation: as impact on rural Australia

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  • Published: 1 Oct 2000

  • Author(s): Cutbush, Greg, Martin, Greg

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The main question addressed in the report is whether red tape in the form of professional regulations is acting as one of the causes of the observed declines in service levels in rural areas, just as economic theory says it might. If so, this could be affecting the competitiveness of rural-based industries such as agriculture at two levels – directly, by reducing the availability of purchased inputs such as veterinary services, motor repairs or kangaroo harvesting and indirectly, by making life more expensive, or less convenient, for the people who live on farms and operate agricultural enterprises (e.g. by raising the costs of healthcare).