Australia's Approach to Deregulation


The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is responsible for overseeing the Australian Government's deregulation agenda.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) which administers Regulatory Impact Analysis requirements is within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The challenge for any government is to deliver effective and efficient regulation and regulatory frameworks that impose the least necessary burden on businesses, community organisations and individuals in delivering economic and social outcomes.

The Australian Government’s Deregulation Agenda and governance arrangements will improve regulatory quality and support its focus on reforms to directly enhance innovation, competition, productivity and economic growth. Efforts to reduce compliance burden will continue to be a focus of the Government’s Deregulation Agenda.

From late 2013, the Australian Government put in place a reformed approach to managing regulation to reduce the cost of complying with Australian Government rules and regulation. It also put in place arrangements to foster significant change in regulatory practice across the Australian Public Service.

Further information is available about what the Australian Government achieved to December 2015.

Building on the success of these initiatives, the Australian Government is making additional changes to improve regulatory quality.

The Government is strengthening the focus of its Deregulation Agenda to pursue reforms that remove barriers to competition, innovation and growth, building on the ongoing commitment to cut red tape, improve regulator performance, and strengthen Regulatory Impact Analysis processes.

Through the Deregulation Agenda, the Government will continue to minimise the cost of complying with Australian Government regulations while also working to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers to productivity, innovation and growth.

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