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Environmental valuation and uncertainty research report
1st July 2014
This research report has been produced by the Office of Best Practice Regulation in consultation with the Department of Environment. It was prompted by a recognised need to improve the quality of guidance material relating to environmental valuation in regulatory impact analysis, and through discussions with community organisations. Its aim is to enhance the capacity of Australian Government departments and agencies to undertake cost-benefit analysis of policies that are likely to have an...
Regulation audit – cross portfolio regulation
1st July 2014
This guidance applies to instances where it is difficult to split regulation between portfolios.
Regulation Audit - Stage Two
16th June 2014
This guidance follows the Regulation Audit Stage One Guidance Note released by the Office of Deregulation on 14 February 2014.
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...