Regulatory Impact Assessment

Regulations are essential for the proper functioning of the  ACT economy.  The ACT Government is committed to improving the quality of its regulation, ensuring that there is a net public benefit while aiming to reduce the burden of regulation on the community.  The process of analysing the impacts of proposed regulations is known as Regulatory Impact Assessment.

Within the ACT Government, the Microeconomic Policy Unit of the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate provides advice and guidance on the undertaking of Regulatory Impact Assessment and the preparation of Regulatory Impact Statements.  All Regulatory Impact Assessment queries can be directed to the Microeconomic Policy Unit on 620 73949 or

This website contains materials for agencies which are undertaking Regulatory Impact Assessment, as well as for business and the community.

Review of Regulatory Impact Assessment Processes

The ACT Government is undertaking a review of its Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) processes, following from commitments made by the ACT Government at the Council of Australian Governments Business Advisory Forum in December 2012.

An Issues Paper has been released for public comment to support and promote community engagement in the development of public policy processes. 

The Issues Paper discusses the role that RIA plays in policy development in the ACT, and the guidance and requirements for preparing Regulatory Impact Statements.  The Issues Paper also considers the potential for change to these processes and seeks comment on a range of proposals.  Please note that comments do not need to be limited to providing responses to the questions in the Issues Paper.

All comments received will be treated as public documents unless notified otherwise.  Comments can be provided to  The deadline for comments is COB Friday 25 October 2013.

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