Guidance for Policymakers


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.


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:

Implementing regulatory reform

Guidance to support implementing the Australian Government’s regulatory reform priorities is available.

Guidance on applying the Regulator Burden Framework and on the application of a trusted international standard or risk assessment is also 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).

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