The federal government's promise to cut $1 billion in red and green tape annually will be put to the test on Wednesday when it begins repealing more than 8000 redundant regulations and laws.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will begin the process with the introduction of an omnibus red tape repeal bill, designed to cut bureaucratic compliance costs for businesses and households by more than $300 million.
And more than a dozen other bills will be introduced on Wednesday by cabinet ministers, designed to strip away regulation and red tape in their individual portfolios.
The repeal of laws and regulations will affect every sector of the economy – from small business to aged care to the immigration portfolio to the rules on government procurement and grants.
The red tape reduction omnibus bill is designed to reduce the volume of regulation, eliminate duplication between state and federal governments, improve consultation with business, and ensure greater transparency and efficiency within the public service.
Mr Abbott's parliamentary secretary for deregulation, Josh Frydenberg, will release a re-written rule book for bureaucrats on Monday designed to keep red tape down.
Mr Frydenberg said the new rule book, which applies to all sections of the public service, was designed to achieve cultural change in the public service and ensure regulation was a last resort for mandarins, not the default option.
"We do not want to get rid of every regulation; what we are on about is better regulation, only implementing new regulations after establishing what the cost of compliance is, what the impact is on key stakeholders after consultation, and what is its impact on innovation and investment."
He said there were more than 80 examples of the former federal government ignoring its own requirement for a regulatory impact statement on new laws, and that practice had to end.
"Key legislative changes like the carbon and mining tax, the NBN and the changes to Fair Work laws were all exempted by the former government from the regulatory impact statement process. What we have said is that all cabinet submissions that have a major regulatory impact will now be subject to a regulatory impact statement and that all senior ministers are required to establish a deregulation unit within their department."
The Abbott government blames the Rudd and Gillard governments for introducing more than 21,000 new regulations during their six years in power.
The federal government has promised to hold two repeal days annually.