The independent Review of Whole-of-Government Internal Regulation (Belcher Red Tape Review)
The independent Review of Whole-of-Government Internal Regulation (Belcher Red Tape Review) was commissioned by the Secretaries Board in March 2015. The review objectives were to:
- identify regulations that can be ceased or modified
- assess the need for, and impact of, regulations against a set of common principles
- recommend minimum levels of regulation required for entities to meet the needs of government and the public, and
- assess the culture of departments and selected entities with regards to the creation and removal of self-imposed requirements; identify characteristics and examples of good culture and practice, and make recommendations for structural and cultural improvements.
The Belcher Red Tape Review, independently conducted by former senior public servant Ms Barbara Belcher, contains 134 recommendations. The report was presented to the Secretaries Committee on Transformation and Secretaries Board in September and October 2015. The Secretaries agreed to implement all recommendations, noting that some require consideration by Government.
Report and related information
- Review terms of reference Word Version | PDF Version
- Key findings
- The report of the Belcher Red Tape Review
- Principles for Internal Regulation: long form
- Implications for corporate Commonwealth entities
- Short guide to improving the usefulness, clarity and accessibility of guidance and policy documents Word Version | PDF Version
- Media release
- Information on internal red tape reduction across the Australian Public Service, a blog, tips on how to get started in cutting internal red tape in your entity, share your stories and a cross-APS network of contacts: www.quitredtape.finance.gov.au
The Review’s recommendations are directed predominantly at Finance, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Public Service Commission, and the Attorney-General’s Department. Questions relating to specific recommendations should be addressed to the entity detailed in each recommendation.
Last updated: 22 March 2016