Regulatory reform agenda
The Government's regulatory reform agenda aims to achieve effective and fit-for-purpose regulation while minimising the administrative burden on businesses, community organisations and individuals.
be fit-for-purpose and easily applied
encourage innovation and productivity
be specific and in proportion to the risk
This will support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) administers the associated requirements, assessing the effect of a proposal to introduce, change or remove regulation.
In Health, regulators and policy areas are provided with advice, support, and training on the requirements of the regulatory reform agenda.
Health Regulatory Policy Framework
The Health Regulatory Policy Framework (HRPF) outlines how we develop, manage, and review regulation.
The HRPF identifies the common principles used in our approach to regulation. These principles guide the decisions and behaviours of our policy makers and regulators, ensuring that we:
- value regulation as an asset that protects the health and safety of Australians
- consider the impact of regulation and minimise regulatory costs
- communicate with our stakeholders
- adopt a best practice approach when enforcing regulation
- build our regulatory capability
- maintain good governance
- monitor and review our regulation to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose.
Regulatory stewardship ensures that regulation is effective at meeting its goals. We do this by protecting the health and safety of the community while minimising regulatory burden.
Effective regulatory stewardship involves:
- a system wide view of regulation
- a proactive and collaborative approach to monitoring, reviewing, and reporting on our regulatory systems.
Regulator performance reporting
Changes to the expectations for regulator performance reporting took effect from 1 July 2022.
These changes will:
- increase accountability
- promote best practice
- build professionalism
- support cultural change among regulators.
Regulator Performance Guide and best practice principles
The Australian Government released the Regulator Performance Guide on 30 June 2021. The guide sets expectations for regulator performance and reporting using 3 principles of best practice:
- Continuous improvement and building trust
Regulators are expected to continuously improve how they do their work. This means better matching regulatory treatments to the risk, so people can trust the system they regulate.
- Risk based and data driven
Regulators are expected to identify risks, prioritise and respond to them. In doing so, regulators should minimise the impact of the regulations, but not at the expense of why they are regulating.
- Collaboration and engagement
Regulators are expected to be open to feedback on how they regulate, and be clear with the public on why and how they regulate.
There are 12 regulators that operate under the guide:
Health portfolio regulators
Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission*
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency*
Professional Services Review
Sport Integrity Australia*
Health departmental regulators
Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme/Office of Chemical Safety*
Gene Technology Regulator/Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Hearing Services Program*
Private Health Insurance and Private Hospitals**
Supporting Access to Pharmaceutical Benefits
Therapeutic Goods Administration*
Therapeutic Goods Administration – Office of Drug Control
* These regulators were participants under the previous Regulator Performance Framework
** Where those obligations do not fall within the prudential regulatory role of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
Statements of Expectations and Statements of Intent
Statements of Expectations (SOEs) give clarity to regulators on government policies and objectives. They are issued to a regulator by the responsible minister.
Statements of Intent (SOIs) outline how the regulator will meet these expectations. They ensure that regulators embed these expectations in their performance and planning processes.