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New Zealand Productivity Commission Report on Regulatory Institutions and Practices

In July 2013 the Government asked the New Zealand Productivity Commission to investigate how to make overall improvements in the design and operation of regulatory regimes in New Zealand.  The Commission produced an Issues Paper in August 2013, a draft report in March 2014 and a final report in July 2014. 

The Commission's final report, Regulatory Institutions and Practices and other material can be found here on the Commission's website.

In July 2015 the Treasury released the Government Response to the Commission's report.

The relevant media statement from the Minister for Regulatory Reform can be found on the Beehive website:

Further to the Government's release of its response, the Treasury released on 18 December 2015 material relevant to its analysis of the report and preparation of the Government's response. This material includes briefing notes to the Minister of Finance on the Commission's draft and final reports, and internal and interdepartmental presentations and discussion.


Release documents listed here are available in Adobe PDF format only. HTML versions can be supplied on request by Information Services at the Treasury.
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Released 28 July 2015. Creator: Office of the Minister for Regulatory Reform.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

The following guide to acronyms and abbreviations may be helpful:

  • BPS:  Better Public Services - see
  • Cabguide: Guide to Cabinet and Cabinet Committee processes - see
  • The Centre:  The Treasury, State Services Commission and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC)
  • FSSM: The Treasury's Fiscal and State Sector Management team 
  • LAC: the Legislation Advisory Committee, now remodelled into the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee - see
  • MAGNet: The interdepartmental Monitoring, Appointments and Governance network, bringing together Departmental officials with responsibility for oversight of non-departmental public bodies.
  • MoU: Memorandum of Understanding
  • NZQA: New Zealand Qualifications Authority - see
  • OLAG: The Treasury's Outcome Leaders' Action Group
  • PCO: Parliamentary Counsel Office - see
  • PIF:  Performance Improvement Framework - see
  • RIA:  Regulatory Impact Assessment
  • RQT: The Treasury's Regulatory Quality Team
  • SoI: Statement of Intent
  • SSC: State Services Commission


Contact for Enquiries

Regulatory Quality Team
[email protected] 
Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 March 2017