Using International Standards and Risk Assessments


The Government’s Deregulation Agenda (previously known as the Regulatory Reform Agenda) is now administered by the Department of Jobs and Small Business. The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) which administers Regulatory Impact Analysis requirements remains within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. More information is available in the Administrative Arrangements Order introduced on 20 December 2017.


In 2014, the Australian Government adopted the principle that if a system, service or product has been adopted under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then our regulators should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia, unless it can be demonstrated that there is a good reason to do so.

Under this approach, the Australian Government assesses the extent to which opportunities for the acceptance or adoption of trusted international standards and risk assessments, or greater alignment with them when it considers the burden imposed by regulations. This could include those agreed multilaterally (e.g. through the World Trade Organisation) or standards or assessments from certain overseas jurisdictions that are at the forefront of international best practice.

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