Deregulation Agenda

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The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of its regulation, including minimising the burden of regulation on businesses, community organisations and individuals.

The Government’s Deregulation Agenda is now administered by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, due to the Administrative Arrangements Order introduced on December 20, 2017.

Previously the Deregulation Agenda (earlier known as the Regulatory Reform Agenda) was administered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) which administers Regulatory Impact Analysis requirements remains within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Regulations are essential for the proper functioning of society and the economy. They include any laws or other government-endorsed ‘rules’ where there is an expectation of compliance. In Australia, regulation is made at the federal level as well as by the states and territories, in the form of legislation and subordinate legislation and at a local government level as regulations and by-laws.

Australia is recognised internationally for its Deregulation Agenda and governance arrangements, particularly its approach to Regulatory Impact Analysis. The Australian Government remains committed to improving the quality of its regulation, including minimising the burden of regulation on businesses, community organisations and individuals. Commonwealth Government portfolios promote regulatory quality through the preparation of Regulation Impact Statements under the Government’s Regulatory Impact Analysis system. They also review the Government’s regulatory regimes to ensure they remain fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

The Government’s Deregulation Agenda frameworks assist in keeping the Australian economy as efficient, flexible and responsive as possible. Key frameworks include:

Underpinning these frameworks is a commitment to best practice regulation to improve regulatory quality. This includes an ongoing focus on managing the Commonwealth stock of regulations to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

We also engage internationally to promote Australian regulatory policy priorities and achievements while contributing to international regulatory capability development, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet administers the Regulatory Impact Analysis requirements of the Australian Government and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The OBPR also conducts training and provides guidance to assist agencies in preparing Regulation Impact Statements and fulfils other regulatory review and reform obligations.

The Australian Government reports regularly on implementation of regulatory reforms and administration of Regulatory Impact Analysis. These reports are publicly available.

Between September 2013 and December 2016, decisions were taken that could reduce the burden of Australian Government regulation by around $5.8 billion a year, in net terms, when implemented.

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Phone: 1300 488 064

Email: RegulatoryReform@jobs.gov.au

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