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Regulation and its review 2000-01

Annual report series

Regulation and its Review 2000-01 was released on 23 November 2001. The report forms part of the Commission's annual report series and meets its obligation to report annually on compliance by Australian Government departments and agencies with the Government's Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) requirements.

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According to a Productivity Commission report, a high overall level of compliance with the Commonwealth Government's best practice regulatory requirements continued in 2000-01, but with some variation across departments and agencies.

The Commission considers that there is still scope to improve the standard of analysis and timeliness in developing Regulation Impact Statements, particularly for significant proposals.

Chairman of the Productivity Commission, Gary Banks, said 'Overall there has been a significant improvement in regulatory processes since the Government's requirements for Regulation Impact Statements were introduced. The key to achieving further necessary gains is for agencies to integrate the Regulation Impact Statement requirements more fully into their policy development processes.'

The report — Regulation and its Review 2000-01 — 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 Commission's Office of Regulation Review is responsible for advising agencies concerning the requirements and monitoring compliance by portfolio. 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 report provides detailed information on the compliance record of individual departments and agencies in 2000-01. It also suggests practical measures that agencies can adopt to better integrate the Government's Regulation Impact Statement requirements.

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  • Preliminaries
    Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Contents and Abbreviations
  • Overview - including key messages
  • Chapter 1 Compliance with RIS requirements
    1.1 Assessment of compliance
    1.2 Primary legislation
    1.3 Disallowable instruments
    1.4 Non-disallowable instruments and quasi-regulations
    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
    2.4 Education, Training and Youth Affairs
    2.5 Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
    2.6 Environment and Heritage
    2.7 Family and Community Services
    2.8 Foreign Affairs and Trade
    2.9 Health and Aged Care
    2.10 Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
    2.11 Industry, Science and Resources
    2.12 Industry, Science and Resources/Transport and Regional Services
    2.13 Transport and Regional Services
    2.14 Treasury
  • Chapter 3 Better integration of the RIS process
    .1 Agency management
    3.2 Compliance reporting
    3.3 Legislation reviews
    3.4 Training policy officers
    3.5 Regulatory plans
    3.6 Agency commitment
    3.7 Ecologically Sustainable Development
    3.8 Cost recovery
    3.9 Examples from States/Territories and OECD
    3.10 Agency self-assessment trial
    3.11 Conclusion
  • Appendix A Monitoring quasi-regulation
  • Appendix B Compliance with COAG RIS requirements
  • Appendix C Commonwealth legislation reviews
  • Appendix D ORR activities and performance
  • Appendix E Regulatory reform in States and Territories
  • Appendix F Integration of the RIS process — international experience
  • References

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