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Developing a Regulatory Proposal

Page updated 15 May 2017

Please note that further to decisions made by Cabinet and announced by the Minister of Regulatory Reform on 21 April 2017 (Beehive website), these provisions are currently being revised. Please contact the RIA Team for further information.

The New Zealand Government has in place best practice regulation making processes in order to promote the development of high quality regulation. Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) is central to the development of high quality regulation. RIA is a framework used to analyse whether a proposed regulatory solution will enhance the public interest. Applying RIA involves many different steps (see the RIA section for more details), and the result is a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which summarises the RIA.

This figure illustrates the process that New Zealand policy makers follow when developing a regulatory proposal in order to deliver effective and efficient regulation.

Developing a Regulatory Proposal 

RIA and consultation

Guidance for Developing a Regulatory Proposal

The Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) Handbook provides guidance on how to approach the task of making policy whenever regulation is considered as a policy option. The Handbook also provides an overview of RIA and the main elements of Cabinet’s RIA requirements: Regulatory Impact Analysis Handbook.

The CabGuide has a detailed section on RIA, explaining its role and purpose, and Cabinet’s requirements of departments when regulation is considered as a policy option. The link also provides the RIA requirements for Cabinet papers: CabGuide RIA.

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