Regulator performance frameworks
The Australian Government’s Regulator performance framework was released in October 2014. It encourages agencies to undertake their regulatory functions with the minimum impact necessary to achieve regulatory objectives and to effect positive ongoing and lasting cultural change within regulators. It is the responsibility of agencies to perform their regulatory functions efficiently, effectively and without imposing unnecessary red tape. These principles are embodied within the way we work and the way we deliver regulation and regulation-related services.
The framework requires that we self-assess our regulatory performance annually against six mandated key performance indicators:
- As regulators we do not unnecessarily impede the efficient operation of regulated entities
- Our communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted and effective
- Our actions as regulators are proportionate to the regulatory risk being managed
- Our compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and coordinated
- As regulators we are open and transparent in dealing with regulated entities
- As regulators we actively contribute to the continuous improvement of regulatory frameworks.
Our self-assessments are supported by evidence metrics (published as part our portfolio’s regulator performance framework document – available below).
We test our self-assessment results with our stakeholders, and finalise and publish our assessments after taking stakeholder feedback into account.
Our self-assessments and performance frameworks for 2017-18, 2016-17 and 2015-16 are available for download.
Regulator Performance Framework 2017-18
In the 2015-16 and 2016-17 RPF reports, we provided a consolidated assessment of the department’s regulatory performance. However, in light of our internal recognition of the need to improve our accountability and transparency, this year’s report provides a standalone assessment for each of the six key regulatory frameworks and an overarching statement regarding whole of department improvement in regulatory performance. We also provide an overview of reform in the live animal exports regulation function.
We have taken into account ongoing feedback from our regulated entities and specific feedback on our 2017-18 self-assessments. This is an important part of our accountability framework for the department. We are also looking to ensure effective quality assurance in relation to all our regulatory activities. We recently appointed a Principal Regulatory Officer (PRO) who will oversee the implementation of the live animal export regulation reforms, and provide greater oversight of our other regulatory systems and processes. This will bring better coordination of the regulatory functions across the department, an improved culture and performance focus and ensure a consistent response to non-compliance.
Completing the RPF self-assessments is an important part of our accountability framework for the department.