Revised Australian Government Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis

The Government has published a revised Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA). The Guide and associated guidance material can be accessed at the  Guidance for Policymakers page.

The changes to the RIA settings aims to strengthen the framework and ensure high-quality analysis underpins the major decisions of Government. An overview of the changes can be accessed at RIS Infograph: What's changed.

These changes are effective from 30 March 2020. Transitional arrangements will apply for RIA processes partially completed at this point.

The Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has released a message to public servants on the importance of high quality evidence-based impact analysis.

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Regulation is essential for the proper functioning of society and the economy. Regulation includes any laws or other government-endorsed ‘rules’ where there is an expectation of compliance. In Australia, regulation is made at the federal level as well as by the states and territories, in the form of legislation and subordinate legislation and at a local government level as regulations and by-laws.

The Australian Government and Council of Australian Governments (COAG) are committed to improving the quality of regulation, including minimising the burden of regulation on businesses, community organisations and individuals.

Australia is recognised internationally for its regulation impact assessment arrangements.

A common misconception is that a RIS is only required for legislation. A RIS is required for all measures that seek to impose mandatory obligations on business and the community, including codes and advisory instruments for which there is a reasonable expectation of widespread compliance. The level of analysis required in a RIS depends on the significance of the proposed change.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) administers the Australian Government and COAG RIS requirements. It comments on the quality of analysis in RISs and conducts training and provides guidance to assist agencies in preparing RISs. The OBPR also reports on compliance with the Australian Government’s and COAG RIS requirements.

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