Guidance for Policymakers
The Australian Government’s regulatory policy and governance requirements are designed to support the development of quality regulation. They help ensure that decision-making is transparent and informed by evidence, and that policymakers consult with stakeholders and include consideration of the regulatory burden imposed.
Key central regulatory frameworks include:
The Australian Government Guide to Regulation outlines the requirements and process for regulatory impact analysis and developing a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).
The Best Practice Regulation: A guide for ministerial councils and national standard setting bodies outlines the principles for best-practice regulation making for Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Ministerial Councils and other national standard setting bodies.
The Commonwealth Regulatory Burden Measure (RBM) is used by policy-makers to assist in calculating the compliance costs of regulatory proposals on businesses, individuals and community organisations.
The Regulator Performance Framework (RPF) guides Commonwealth regulators in minimising their impact on those they regulate while still delivering the vital role they have been asked to perform.
Implementing regulatory reform
Guidance to support implementing the Australian Government’s regulatory reform priorities is available.
Developing Regulation Impact Statements
Guidance to support the development of a Regulation Impact Statement and Post-implementation reviews is available.
Guidance on the preparation of COAG RISs is also available.
Implementing the Regulator Performance Framework
Commonwealth regulators that administer, monitor or enforce regulation are required to implement the Australian Government Regulator Performance Framework (RPF).