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.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Deregulation Agenda.

Results

  1. 2014 Autumn Repeal Day

    Created: 19 March 2014

    First repeal day - in the House of Representatives on Wednesday 26 March.

  2. 2014 Spring Repeal Day

    Created: 29 October 2014

    The 2014 Spring Repeal Day was in the House of Representatives on Wednesday 29 October.

  3. 2015 Autumn Repeal Day

    Created: 18 March 2015

    The 2015 Autumn Repeal Day was held in the House of Representatives on Wednesday 18 March.

  4. 2015 Spring Repeal Day

    Created: 12 November 2015

    The 2015 Spring Repeal Day was held in the House of Representatives on Wednesday 12 November.

  5. Annual Red Tape Reduction Report 2015

    Created: 15 March 2016

    On 15 March 2016, the Government released the Australian Government Annual Red Tape Reduction Report 2015. The report outlines the achievements of the Australian Government in...

  6. Annual Regulatory Reform Report: 1 January 2016- 30 June 2017

    Created: 28 May 2018

    On 28 May 2018, the Government released the Australian Government Annual Regulatory Reform Report: 1 January 2016 - 30 June 2017. The report outlines the achievements of the...

  7. Attorney-General's Department 2015 Annual Red Tape reduction report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    The Attorney-General’s Department reported 37 measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $82.0 million per year.

  8. Australian Government Annual Deregulation Report 2014

    Created: 18 March 2015

    On 18 March 2015, the Government released the Australian Government Annual Deregulation Report 2014.

  9. Australian Government Guide to Regulation

    Created: 14 March 2014

    This Guide has been written to help policy makers see regulation in a new light....

  10. Best Practice Regulation: A guide for Ministerial Councils and National Standard Setting Bodies

    Created: 18 November 2014

    Best Practice Regulation: A guide for ministerial councils and national standard setting bodies (October 2007) provides guidance to Council of Australian Governments (COAG)...

  11. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources reported 29 measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $66.1 million per year.

  12. Department of Communications and the Arts 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Communications and the Arts reported 32 measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $256.4 million per year.

  13. Department of Defence 2014 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Department of Defence 2014 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

  14. Department of Defence 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Defence reported seven measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $39.1 million per year.

  15. Department of Education and Training 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Education and Training reported 23 measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $196.8 million per year.

  16. Department of Employment 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2018

    In 2015, the Employment portfolio reported 23 measures with a total net regulatory saving of $65.1 million per year.

  17. Department of Environment 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Environment reported 13 measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $440.9 million per year.

  18. Department of Finance 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Finance reported one measure during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $15.7 million per year.

  19. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2018

    The Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio reported nine measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $9.8 million per year.

  20. Department of Health 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2018

    Health reported 59 measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $96.8 million per year.

  21. Department of Human Services 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2018

    Human Services reported 13 measures1 during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $132.7 million per year.

  22. Department of Immigration and Border Protection 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Department of Immigration and Border Protection 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

  23. Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Industry, Innovation and Science reported 33 measures1 during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $166.6 million per year.

  24. Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

  25. Department of Social Services 2015 Annual Red Tape Reduction Report

    Created: 15 March 2016

    Social Services reported 29 measures during the year, with a total net regulatory saving of $78.8 million per year.

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