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Regulatory Review Programme

Page updated 21 Nov 2017

In 2009 the Government established a Regulatory Review Programme to advance reviews of major regulatory regimes.  Reviews selected for the programme were those with significant effects on productivity and pervasive economic impacts.  The initial selection of reviews was informed by a cross-government review of regulatory quality in 2007-08 and from public feedback on particular regulatory regimes. 
A number of other processes have now taken over from the Regulatory Review Programme as the means by which the Government identifies, seeks stakeholder input and progresses priorities for regulatory reform.  These include:

  • the establishment of the Productivity Commission to conduct in-depth inquiries and make policy recommendations to improve productivity and support the overall well-being of New Zealanders, and
  • the setting of regulatory stewardship expectations that require departments to monitor, review and report on the regulatory systems in which they participate, and the requirement that major regulatory departments publish information on their regulatory management strategy, the state of their regulatory stock and their regulatory priorities for the year ahead. 

Twenty-four reviews were completed through the Regulatory Review Programme:

  • ACC Work Programme
  • Air Quality Standards
  • Air Transport
  • Building Act 2004 (Building Regulation)
  • Climate Change Response Act 2002
  • Consumer Law Consolidation
  • Consumer Protection
  • Dairy Restructuring (Raw Milk) Regulations 2001
  • Electricity Institutional Arrangements
  • Emissions Trading Scheme (Statutory Review)
  • Employment Relations Act 2000
  • Export Growth (Regulatory Barriers)
  • Food Act 1981
  • Food Regulation (Domestic)
  • Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004
  • Holidays Act 2003
  • Local Government Systems (Local Government Review)
  • Overseas Investment Act 2005, and regulations
  • Resource Management Act 1991 (Phase 1)
  • Review of the Securities Act 1978 (Securities Law)
  • Teacher Workforce
  • Telecommunications Act 2001 (Telecommunications Service Obligations)
  • Vehicle Licensing
  • Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006 (Weathertight Homes)


Release Documents

Documents released below include Cabinet papers and minutes of decisions relating to the government's regulatory review programme.

These documents are available in Adobe PDF format only. HTML versions can be supplied on request from Information Services. Using PDF Files



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