Government Requirements

Page last updated: 16 February 2016

The Regulator Performance Framework

The Government's Regulator Performance Framework (the Framework) provides a common set of performance measures for increased accountability and greater transparency in the way regulators perform their role.

The Framework applies to the following eight Health portfolio regulators:
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA);
  • Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority (ASADA);
  • National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS);
  • Office of Health Protection (OHP);
  • Office of Hearing Services (OHS);
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA);
  • Administration of Aged Care Quality and Compliance (since September 2015); and
  • The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (since September 2015).
The Framework has identified six outcomes-based Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess the performance of regulators:
KPI 1 – Regulators do not unnecessarily impede the efficient operation of regulated entities;
KPI 2 – Communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted, and effective;
KPI 3 – Actions undertaken by regulators are proportionate to the regulatory risk being managed;
KPI 4 – Compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and coordinated;
KPI 5 – Regulators are open and transparent in their dealings with regulated entities; and
KPI 6 – Regulators actively contribute to the continuous improvement of regulatory frameworks.

Each Health portfolio regulator has developed an output or activity-based evidence metrics against the KPIs. These will be used to assess their performance in the annual self-assessments and the periodic external review processes. The evidence metrics for the Health portfolio regulators are below:

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
ARPANSA metrics (PDF 82 KB)
ARPANSA metrics (Word 35 KB)

Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority (ASADA)
ASADA Metrics (PDF 82 KB)
ASADA Metrics (Word 30 KB)

National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)
NICNAS Metrics (PDF 106 KB)
NICNAS Metrics (Word 28 KB)

Office of Health Protection (OHP)
OHP Metrics (PDF 100 KB)
OHP Metrics (Word 40 KB)

Office of Hearing Services (OHS)
OHS Metrics (PDF 317 KB)
OHS Metrics (Word 679 KB)

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
TGA Metrics (PDF 336 KB)
TGA Metrics (Word 119 KB)

Administration of Aged Care Quality and Compliance
Administration of Aged Care Quality and Compliance Metrics (PDF 72 KB)
Administration of Aged Care Quality and Compliance Metrics (Word 15 KB)

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA)

Further information about the Regulator Performance Framework can be found on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Cutting Red Tape website.

International Standards

On 14 October 2014, the Government released the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. A major component of this policy is the commitment to the principle that: if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then our regulators should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia, unless it can be demonstrated that there is a good reason to do so (the principle).

The adoption of international standards and risk assessments can contribute to the Government’s overall regulatory reform agenda by reducing duplication of regulatory approvals and time and money costs associated with the approval processes, encouraging competition and improving productivity.

Health portfolio regulators have high levels of active engagement internationally and already incorporate, to varying degrees, appropriate international standards and assessments into their regulatory processes. The adoption of the principle provides a strong impetus to portfolio regulators to leverage their existing high standing within the international regulatory community to seek even greater international cooperation and further build on their existing adoption of international standards and risk assessments. The potential adoption of international standards and risk assessments, however, will vary having regard to the diversity of international operational contexts and other factors.

In accordance with best practice regulation principles, Health has developed a set of criteria to be used by portfolio regulators for assessing opportunities for reform against the principle. The criteria take into account the risks and practicalities relevant to Health portfolio regulators; and provide a framework, and a transparent process, for assessing potential adoption of new standards and assessments from international sources on a case-by-case basis.

The criteria for the adoption of international standards and risk assessments by Health portfolio regulators and a process flow chart showing how to operationalise the criteria are found below:

Criteria for the adoption of international standards and risk assessments by Health portfolio regulators
Criteria for the adoption of international standards and risk assessments by Health portfolio regulators (PDF 147 KB)
Criteria for the adoption of international standards and risk assessments by health portfolio regulators (Word 320 KB)

Process flow chart for the adoption of international standards by Health portfolio regulators
Adoption of international standards and risk assessments flow chart (PDF 73 KB)
Adoption of international standards and risk assessments flow chart (Word 57 KB)