International Regulatory Policy


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.


Australia is recognised internationally for its regulatory policy, particularly its approach to regulatory impact analysis.

PM&C advocates Australia’s regulatory policy priorities and achievements and cooperates through the OECD Regulatory Policy Committee and other international fora, including the ASEAN-OECD Good Regulatory Practice Network, the APEC Economic Committee  and APEC sub-committee on standards and conformance, and the Asian Public Governance Forum on Regulatory Reform.

Australia hosted the 8th OECD Conference on Measuring Regulatory Performance in Sydney on 15-16 June 2016, on the theme Realising impact: The role of institutional frameworks in regulatory policy, with the support of the NSW Government. Bringing together senior officials from 15 countries and the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments,  discussions focussed on the institutional arrangements needed to support quality regulation.

Australia also engages with other countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, to help build regulatory policy capability and strengthen regulatory coherence. Australia, along with other APEC members, agreed in 2011 the APEC Leaders’ Declaration to strengthen Good Regulatory Practice in economies.

PM&C advocates regularly on good regulatory practices in international fora and to visiting delegations to help build capability and increase understanding of Australia’s approach to improving regulatory quality. This includes providing training on regulatory impact analysis.

Through its Office of Best Practice Regulation, PM&C contributed to the development of the APEC Massive Open Online Course on regulatory impact analysis launched in August 2016. The APEC MOOC covers the main elements of regulatory impact analysis across APEC economies and explains its key role in the development of effective regulation.

Further information is available from the OECD website.

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