Extended text descriptions - Guidance for Policymakers

Extended text description of Figure 1 - The preliminary assessment process

Download and complete a preliminary assessment form, describing your proposal and the likely impacts. Submit the completed form to the OBPR. (The OBPR will ask for more information if required.)

The OBPR will respond to your e-mail within five working days, advising if a RIS is required. If an Australian Government RIS is required, the OBPR will advise on the type of RIS (Short, Standard or Long form).

If a RIS is not required, no further action is required.


Extended text description of Figure 2 - The Australian Government RIS process

A Standard or Long form RIS should be provided to the OBPR for early assessment before a major policy decision is sought. The draft RIS should seek to answer as many of the seven RIS questions as is possible. For example, if consultation is yet to occur, the draft RIS should describe how stakeholders’ views will be sought. If consultation has occurred, or the views of key stakeholders are known, stakeholders’ views should be included in the draft RIS.

The OBPR will assess the draft RIS and identify what improvements should be made to the RIS before it is finalised.

The draft RIS must be finalised before a final decision is sought. The final assessment process is a two-stage process. At the first stage, the OBPR will assess whether all seven RIS questions have been answered, and identify what improvements should be made before it is submitted to decision makers. At the second stage, the OBPR will make its final assessment of the RIS, noting whether the agency is compliant with the RIS requirements, and whether the analysis supports an informed policy decision.

The OBPR’s final assessment is published with the final RIS when the final decision is announced.