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Other testing of proposals

The testing of legislative proposals seeks to ensure that legislation will work as intended, by identifying and avoiding unintended consequences, and by checking that the legislation provides for all likely matters and circumstances that may arise.

While there are no explicit government requirements for testing, PCO asks their instructing departments to confirm that the proposals will work in all relevant scenarios and to check the proposals with the operational people who will undertake the day-to-day administration of the legislation. This would seem to demand some testing or careful assessment of operational requirements.

Question 3.7

3.7.  Have the policy details to be given effect by this Bill been otherwise tested or assessed in any way to ensure the Bill's provisions are workable and complete? [YES/NO]

What matters are covered by this question?

This covers testing or assessment processes not already covered by responses to earlier questions. The focus is on testing to ensure the Bill's provisions are workable and complete, but may also encompass work done to refine analysis of likely benefits, costs, and risks.

Testing may describe a wide range of approaches and techniques including:

  • live trials;
  • simulations based on scenarios or past data;
  • regulatory “pre-mortems” (which involve assuming that a regulatory intervention has failed, speculating on what may have led to the failure and then working out what you might be able to do differently to prevent that failure);
  • systematic risk assessment; or
  • business analysis and business process modelling.

What is the nature of the further information sought?

If the answer is YES, please provide:

  • a brief description of the nature and extent of this testing;  and
  • a brief description of any further scheduled testing that is yet to be completed.

If the answer is NO, no further information is required.

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