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Regulation and its Review 1999-2000

Annual report series

Regulation and its Review 1999-2000 was released on 29 November 2000. The report forms part of the Commission's annual report series and meets its obligation to report annually on compliance with the Government's requirements for the making and review of regulations.

The Government requires departments and agencies to prepare Regulation Impact Statements to ensure regulatory action is well informed and achieves intended goals, while minimising any burden on business and the community. Appendix D of the report lists some examples of Regulation Impact Statements which the Office of Regulation Review has assessed of being of an adequate standard.

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Complance with the Commonwealth Government's best practice regulatory requirements for 1999-2000 indicate a general improvement in regulation impact analysis undertaken by departments and agencies, according to a Productivity Commisison report released today.

But the Commisison considers that there is a need to further improve the standard of analysis and timeliness before the Government's requirements can be fully met.

Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Gary Banks, said 'Good policy development processes are critical to achieving good policy outcomes. Compliance with the Government's formal Regulation Impact Statements requirements has been improving overall, but performance has been variable. In particular, some agencies still appear to be treating the requirements as an 'add on' — after policy decisions have already been made.'

The report — Regulation and its Review 1999-2000 — forms part of the Commission's annual report series of publications and meets its obligation to report annually on compliance with the Commonwealth's requirements for the making and review of regulations. The Government requires departments and agencies to prepare Regulation Impact Statements to ensure regulatory action is well informed and achieves intended goals, while minimising any burden on business and the community.

The Commission's Office of Regulation Review provides training and advice to departments and agencies and monitors compliance.

This year's report provides more detailed information than previous reports on the compliance record of individual agencies.

Background information

Leonora Nicol (Media, Publications and Web) 02 6240 3239 / 0417 665 443

  • Preliminaries
    Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Contents and Abbreviations
  • Overview
  • Chapter 1 Compliance with RIS requirements
    1.1 Assessment of compliance
    1.2 Primary legislation
    1.3 Delegated legislation
    1.4 Quasi-regulation
    1.5 Treaties
    1.6 National regulation making
  • Chapter 2 Compliance by portfolio
    2.1 Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
    2.2 Attorney-General's
    2.3 Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
    2.5 Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
    2.6 Environment and Heritage
    2.7 Health and Aged Care
    2.8 Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
    2.9 Industry, Science and Resources
    2.10 Transport and Regional Services
    2.11 Treasury
  • Chapter 3 Adequacy and quality of regulation impact statements
    3.1 Adequacy criteria
    3.2 Analysis commensurate with the issue
    3.3 Use of quantitative analysis
    3.4 Other factors affecting the quality of RISs
    3.5 Conclusion
  • Appendix A Commonwealth legislation reviews
  • Appendix B ORR activities and performance
  • Appendix C Regulatory reform in the States and Territories
  • Appendix D Example RISs
  • References

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