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.

The implementation of red tape reduction reforms is already underway and complements existing reform work in Finance including the Contestability Programme, and Public Management Reform Agenda.

Report and related information

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