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1 September 2014

Ban on importation of new psychoactive substances – Regulation Impact Statement – Attorney-General’s Department

On 17 July 2014, the Minister for Justice introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014, which proposes to ban the importation of all substances that have a psychoactive effect that are not otherwise regulated. The amendments criminalise the importation of new psychoactive substances and permit Australian Customs and Border Protection [...]

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14 August 2014

Commonwealth Regulatory Burden Measure

The Regulatory Burden Measure (https://rbm.obpr.gov.au/) has been published by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

Under the Australian Government Guide to Regulation, all regulatory costs, whether arising from new regulations or changes to existing regulation, and associated offsetting regulatory savings must be quantified using the Regulatory Burden Measure, consistent with the Regulatory Burden Measurement framework.

Agencies are [...]

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13 August 2014

Sunsetting legislative instruments guidance note

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

Starting from 1 April 2015, thousands of instruments will begin to sunset in the absence of any intervention under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. Some of those instruments have significant impacts on businesses, community organisations or [...]

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13 August 2014

Commonwealth programmes guidance note

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

This guidance note supplements the Guide to Regulation by providing additional information to help policy makers understand whether a Regulation Impact Statement is required for proposed changes to a programme (including government benefits, grants, [...]

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13 August 2014

Competition and regulation guidance note

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

The way businesses compete against each other greatly affects the welfare of consumers. In the absence of competition, consumers are likely to be worse off. Competition can also be a driver of efficiency and [...]

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13 August 2014

Environmental valuation and uncertainty research report

This research report has been produced by the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR), a division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, in consultation with the Department of Environment. It was prompted by a recognised need to improve the quality of guidance material relating to environmental valuation in regulatory impact analysis, and [...]

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13 August 2014

Post-implementation reviews guidance note

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

Australian Government agencies must undertake a post-implementation review (PIR) for all regulatory changes that have major impacts on the economy. PIRs must also be prepared when regulation has been introduced, removed, or significantly changed [...]

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13 August 2014

Environmental valuation guidance note

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

This guidance note provides advice on incorporating environmental impacts and uncertainty into regulatory impact analysis. It should be read in conjunction with the Guide to Regulation and the Council of Australian Governments best practice [...]

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13 August 2014

Regulatory Burden Measurement framework guidance note

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

All regulatory costs, whether arising from new regulations or changes to existing regulation, must be quantified using the Regulatory Burden Measurement framework. The framework must also be used for quantifying offsetting regulatory savings, where [...]

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13 August 2014

Australian Government Guide to Regulation – Guidance Notes

The Office of Best Practice Regulation has today published a range of guidance material associated with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation. The purpose of these guidance notes are to assist policy makers on particular aspects of preparing a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) or Post-implementation review.

These documents will be updated from time to time as [...]

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