Media Release

Independent Review of the Government’s regulatory impact assessment (RIA) process invites public submissions

The Government announced an independent review into its regulatory impact assessment (RIA) process in December 2011.

The Review will consider how well the Government’s RIA processes meet the needs of businesses and the not-for-profit sector. It will also look at how the Office of Best Practice Regulation administers the Government’s best practice regulation requirements and assess the extent of any barriers faced by agencies in undertaking policy impact analysis and effective stakeholder consultation within this framework.

The Joint Review is being undertaken by Robert Milliner and David Borthwick AO PSM and they are due to report to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator the Hon Penny Wong by 20 April 2012.

In considering the scope to improve the Australian Government’s regulatory impact analysis arrangements, the Joint Review is required under its terms of reference to consult and consider the views of Commonwealth Ministers, agencies and representatives of business and the not-for-profit sectors.

The Joint Review is seeking views from the public on the issues raised in its terms of reference and in general about the functioning of the Australian Government’s RIA process.

The Joint Review will hold private consultation meetings with business operators, industry groups, representatives from the not-for-profit sector, the Government and the public sector from 14 February to 7 March 2012. Written submissions are invited by 16 March 2012. Further details for participating in the consultative process or for making a submission are available from the Review’s website (http://www.finance.gov.au/deregulation/riareview.html) or by emailing the Review Secretariat.

David Borthwick AO PSM and Robert Milliner
Joint Review
Regulatory Impact Assessment Review
riareview@finance.gov.au