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Best Practice Consultation guidance note
30th March 2020
One of the principles for Australian Government policy makers in the Australian Government Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis relates to consultation. This guidance note provides additional information for policy officers on the best practice processes for consultation when developing policy where regulation may be an option.
Small Business Guidance Note
30th March 2020
The Small Business guidance note describes the factors unique to small business that should be considered when undertaking a regulatory impact analysis. It expands on The Australian Government Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis by providing policy makers with principles to consider in developing policy that affects small business.
Australian Government RIS Preliminary Assessment Form: Is a RIS required?
30th March 2020
The Government has introduced The Australian Government Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis, which outlines the process for developing a regulatory proposal, including a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). All Cabinet submissions require a RIS. RISs are also required for all decisions made by the Australian Government and its agencies that are likely to have a regulatory impact on businesses, community organisations or individuals, unless the proposed change is a minor or machinery...
Open Letter to the Australian Public Service
20th March 2020
Friday, 20 March 2020 Dear colleagues We are writing to say thank you. Thank you for all you are doing in these testing times and for all that you do every day to support the Government and the people of Australia. We are proud to lead a workforce that is so capably responding to national and global challenges while continuing to deliver the quality services Australians rely on every day. We do not yet know the full extent of COVID-19, but we do know that the APS has a vital role in...
Administrative Arrangements Order made on 5 December 2019 with effect from 1 February 2020
10th March 2020
Administrative Arrangements Order (AAOs) formally allocate executive responsibility among ministers. They set out which matters and legislation are administered by which department or portfolio. Summary of Changes The new AAO reflects the following changes: Transfer employment and skills functions to the renamed Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Transfer agriculture functions to the renamed Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Transfer small business and...
Senate Order on Entity Contracts - 2019 Calendar Year
24th February 2020
Pursuant to the Senate Order on Entity Contracts (as amended 14 May 2015), the following table sets out contracts entered into by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which provide for a consideration to the value of $100 000 or more and which: (1) started during the period, 2) ended during the period, and 3) started before the period and ended after the period. Some of the contracts listed contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that are designed to protect the...
Draft legislation program - Senate
19th February 2020
2020 Spring Sitting of Parliament: Week 3 (24 - 27 February)
Legislation Proposed for Introduction in the 2020 Autumn Sittings
5th February 2020
Bills marked * are proposed for introduction and passage in the Autumn sittings.
Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2018-19
Office for Women
4th February 2020
The Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report is prepared annually by the Australian Government Office for Women, and reports on the Government’s performance against its gender diversity target.