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About Treasury's Role

Page updated 21 Apr 2017

In 2008 the Treasury became responsible for the strategic co-ordination of the Government's regulatory management system. The Regulatory Quality Team (RQT) within the Treasury exercises stewardship over the regulatory management system to maintain and enhance the quality of government-initiated regulation. Key responsibilities include:

  • oversight of the performance of the regulatory management system as a whole and making recommendations on changes to relevant government and Parliamentary systems and processes to improve its performance
  • the characteristics of a good regulatory regime and promoting good regulatory stewardship
  • oversight of the performance of significant regulatory systems and any associated reviews of regulatory regimes
  • assessing significant regulatory proposals against the government standards, and
  • the design and delivery of guidance, training, and other capability development support for government agencies.

These functions complement the Treasury’s role as the government’s primary economic and fiscal advisor. In its regulatory role the Treasury reports to the Minister for Regulatory Reform (Regulatory Reform).

Key RQT work priorities for the further development of the regulatory management system can be found in the government’s published regulatory management strategy

The Regulatory Impact Analysis Team

The Regulatory Impact Analysis Team (RIAT) is a subset of RQT and is responsible for administering the RIA regime. Key responsibilities include:

  • training on the RIA framework and the RIS process 
  • providing advice on when the RIA requirements apply and whether regulatory proposals meet the significance criteria
  • second opinion advice on options analysis and regulatory design issues, and 
  • formal quality assurance of significant RISs.
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