Regulation is often necessary to achieve economic, social and environmental objectives. It includes any laws or other government-endorsed ‘rules’ where there is an expectation of compliance. However, poor regulation can stifle business and jobs, have other adverse social or environmental impacts, and might not even address the problem it was intended to solve.
Regulatory review is intended to improve the quality of regulation through a robust, transparent and evidence-based process to identify the option that effectively addresses the policy problem while benefiting society most.
Queensland’s regulatory review framework is set out in the Queensland Government Guide to Better Regulation. The Guidelines set out the regulatory impact analysis (RIA) framework, which provides a systematic approach to investigate and analyse the nature of a policy problem, consider whether there is a case for government action, identify feasible options to address the problem, and analyse the pros and cons of each option. The framework also considers how effectively a regulation is implemented.