Sunsetting legislative instruments guidance note

RegulationBest Practice Regulation Compliance Reporting
Monday, 30 March 2020
Publication author(s):
Office of Best Practice Regulation
Publication abstract:

This guidance note provides information about The Australian Government Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis requirements as they apply to sunsetting legislative instruments that have a regulatory impact on businesses, community organisations or individuals.

From 1 April 2015, thousands of instruments began to sunset in the absence of any intervention under the Legislation Act 2003. Some of those instruments have significant impacts on businesses, community organisations or individuals. Under the Australian Government’s regulatory impact analysis rules, the decision to continue such instruments would normally require the completion of a Regulation Impact Statement. Because of the large number of sunsetting instruments, an alternative process will apply in cases where the sunsetting instrument is being remade without significant change.

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