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.
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 COAG Best Practice Regulation: A guide for ministerial councils and national standard setting bodies outlines the principles for best-practice regulation making for COAG, Ministerial Councils and other national standard setting bodies.
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.
- User Guide to the Australian Government Guide to Regulation
- Regulatory Burden Measurement Framework guidance note
- Finalising and Publishing a Regulation Impact Statement
- Best Practice Consultation guidance note
- Short form and Interim Regulation Impact Statements guidance note
- Regulation Impact Statement Policy Options guidance note
- Carve-outs guidance note
- Independent Reviews, RIS-like Processes and the Regulation Impact Statement Requirements guidance note
- Individuals guidance note
- Community Organisations guidance note
- Commonwealth Programmes guidance note
- Small Business guidance note
- Sunsetting legislative instruments guidance note
- Competition and Regulation guidance note
- Environmental Valuation and Uncertainty guidance note
- Trade Impact Assessments guidance note
- Influencing Consumer Behaviour: Improving Regulatory Design research paper
- Post-implementation reviews guidance note
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)
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)