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Keeping Regulation Fit for Purpose

Page updated 19 Aug 2016

Assessing the condition of regulatory regimes

The Government’s Expectations for Regulatory Stewardship set out department’s active and ongoing responsibility to ensure the regulation they administer is fit for purpose.

These include the expectations that departments maintain an up-to-date database of the regulation they are responsible for and monitor and regularly assess the performance and condition of these regimes.

Regulatory planning and prioritisation

The Government response to the NZ Productivity Commission 2014 report on Regulatory Institutions and Practices sets out the Government’s expectation that the major regulatory departments will annually publish information on their regulatory management strategy, information on the state of their stock and their regulatory priorities for the year ahead (their regulatory stewardship strategy).

See the 2016 Departmental Regulatory Stewardship Strategies page for further information and links to each department’s strategy.

Since 2014, information on a department’s regulatory priorities are also included in their Four Year Plans as part of the department’s medium term interventions to achieve their strategic objectives. Before 2014, departments prepared annual portfolio regulatory plans.

SSC guidance Four-Year Plans

Rules Reduction Taskforce

The Government response to the Rules Reduction Taskforce 2014 report on frustrating, ineffective property rules accepts, or partially accepts, 72 of the 75 opportunities identified by the Taskforce and outlines the government measures underway to address these concerns.

Further information on the Rules Reduction Taskforce, including a copy of their report and the Government response, can be found at You can still identify frustrating, ineffective property rules at

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