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Treasury - Regulatory Quality Team (RQT)

7. The Regulatory Quality Team within Treasury is managed by Kirsty Flannagan who reports to Vicky Robertson, Deputy Secretary, Growth & Public Services. The team is split across:

  • the Regulatory Impact Analysis Team (RIAT) is responsible for the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) regime. This work includes:
    • provision of guidance and training for agencies
    • review of “significant” RISs and provision of quality assessments for cabinet papers
    • monitoring compliance with obligations to prepare and publish RISs, and
    • supporting APEC efforts to build countries' regulatory capability.
  • the Quality (“Q”) Team handles work programmes aimed at building regulatory system capability and supporting regulatory prioritisation across government, including:
    • advising on the Regulatory Standards Bill
    • supporting agencies in RIA, capability building, undertaking annual scans of their regulatory regimes, and developing annual and medium-term regulatory plans
    • defining best practice regulation principles for regulation and undertaking assessments of regimes against those principles (Annex D)
    • supporting cross-government mechanisms such as the Government Statement on Regulation and monitoring of the Regulatory Reform Programme
    • supporting work on trans-Tasman institutions and the Trans Pacific Partnership, and
    • longer term work on regulatory systems, monitoring and cross-cutting issues, including input to the New Zealand Law Foundation Regulatory Reform Project.
Figure: Regulatory quality management system
Regulatory quality management system.

8. RQT's proposed medium term focus is around:

  • emphasising medium term planning and capability through plans and scans, and the Regulatory Review Programme
  • focusing agency engagement, best practice regulation follow-up and RIS reviews on:
    • o regulation with significant potential impacts on growth, and
    • o major regulatory agencies responsible for such regulation and for leading sectors
  • investigating how to evaluate and address regulator capability in general, and the assessment of total regulatory costs/burden in particular
  • cross-cutting regulatory matters such as outcome-based regulation, and specific active issues; e.g. disaster risk management (mine safety and building weather-tightness and earthquake resistance) and occupational regulation (health professionals and teachers).

9. One means by which we will manage resource constraints will be through leveraging work on priority regimes and with priority regulatory agencies. Connecting other agencies and individuals within and outside government will be critical to maximising our impact and achieving buy-in.

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