1. Guidance for Policymakers

The Australian Government’s and Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) 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.

Regulatory Frameworks

Key central regulatory frameworks include:


The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has prepared a range of guidance material to help agencies comply with the Australian Government and COAG requirements.

The Preliminary Assessment Process

The first step in complying with the Best Practice requirements is to complete a preliminary assessment form and submit it to the OBPR (via Helpdesk-OBPR@pmc.gov.au).

The OBPR will then advise if Australian Government RIS or COAG RIS is required.

Figure 1: The preliminary assessment process (extended text description of Figure 1)

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The Australian Government RIS process

The questions to answer when developing a Standard or Long form RIS for an Australian Government proposal are outlined in the figure below. The process for developing the RIS is described in the User Guide to the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

The process for developing a COAG RIS is different. Further advice on the COAG RIS process can be found in Best Practice Regulation: A guide for ministerial councils and national standard setting bodies.

Figure 2: The Australian Government RIS process - Answering the 7 RIS Questions (Extended text description of Figure 2)

The 7 Regulation Impact Statement Questions

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Office of Best Practice Regulation
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