How Long Is A Piece of Red Tape? The Paperwork Reporting Cost of Government Grants, CPNS Working Paper No. 39

Ryan, Christine M., Newton, Cameron J., & McGregor-Lowndes, Myles (2008) How Long Is A Piece of Red Tape? The Paperwork Reporting Cost of Government Grants, CPNS Working Paper No. 39.


A common anecdotal complaint of third sector organisation managers concerns the amount of paperwork associated with the submission, reporting and acquittal of government grants. This study quantifies the time and cost of paperwork using an intense research methodology compared to the orthodox compliance questionnaire. A number of Queensland third sector grant recipients kept logs to record government generated paperwork over a 12 month period. The grant recipients also provided through a series of interviews, data about grant submission and reporting processes. The nature and quantity of paperwork identified and its compliance cost is reported. This article concludes with proposed directions for the reduction of government grant paperwork costs.

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ID Code: 12986
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Brisbane: QUT.
Keywords: compliance costs, government grants, nonprofit organisations, accountability
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 QUT
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 12:39

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