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Requirements for Annual Reports for Departments, Executive Agencies and FMA ACT Bodies
10th June 2014
Annual report requirements and supporting guidance are managed by the Department of Finance. The PGPA Non- Corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting Rule 2016; PGPA Corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting Rule 2016; and PGPA Commonwealth Company Annual Reporting Rule 2016 have been approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) and will take legal effect for the 2015-16 reporting period and future years. The rules will retain all of the mandatory...
Report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Intercountry Adoption
7th April 2014
The IDC report has been redacted to protect the privacy of individuals who made submissions. An extract of the report is available here and the copy available on this website includes the following attachments to the report: Summary of current legislation Intergovernmental agreement The copy available on this website does not include: Deliberative material that is being considered by the Government in the further adoption reforms (pages 42 to 62 of the report – the...
Report of the Australian Government Delegation to the 58th Session of the United Nations
Office for Women
1st April 2014
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (the Commission) is the principal global policy making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of United Nations (UN) Member States gather at the UN Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.
The Australian Government Guide to Regulation
14th March 2014
This Guide has been written to help policy makers see regulation in a new light. The Government’s rigorous approach to policy making seeks to ensure that regulation is never adopted as the default solution, but rather introduced as a means of last resort. Regulation can have benefits, but businesses, community organisations and families pay the price of poor regulation. Regulation can’t eliminate every risk, nor should it. We therefore seek better regulation, not more regulation. Policy...
Best Practice Regulation Report 2012-13
17th February 2014
The Best Practice Regulation Report 2012-13: details compliance with the best practice regulation requirements of the Australian Government and Council of Australian Governments for 2012-13, details the status of post-implementation reviews, and discusses developments during the year, particularly in relation to embedding best practice regulation.
Ministerial Letters of Expectation to Regulators
14th February 2014
Government has committed to improving the administration of regulation and the performance of regulators, including issuing of letters from Ministers to heads of regulators setting out performance expectations. These letters are to be issued by the end of March 2014. This guidance note is to advise departments and agencies on the drafting of the ministerial letters and the process for finalising these letters. Portfolios with internal regulators may wish to consider actioning this commitment...
Regulation Audit - Stage One - Stocktake, Self Assessment and Costing
14th February 2014
The Government has agreed that each portfolio will conduct an audit of the portfolio’s existing legislation and regulation and the regulatory cost imposed on business, individuals and the community.
Establishment of Ministerial Advisory Councils or Equivalent Consultation Mechanisms
17th December 2013
The Government’s deregulation agenda requires the establishment of stakeholder consultation mechanisms by the end of 2013, for each Cabinet Minister. These mechanisms, otherwise called Ministerial Advisory Councils (MACs), will comprise business, not-for-profit and other industry stakeholders and will provide advice to each Cabinet Minister and their respective departments on opportunities to reduce red and green tape within their respective portfolios, as well as provide a broader consultation...
Establishment of Portfolio Deregulation Units
17th December 2013
The Government’s deregulation agenda focuses on eliminating inefficient or unnecessary regulation that imposes unwarranted burdens on business, individuals and the community. Delivering this agenda will require a significant change to the way all agencies approach regulation decision making and will require comprehensive changes to agency culture, processes and behaviours.