26 September 2023

New resources for PS policy makers

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The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C) Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) has launched a new series of animations and resources for Government policy makers.

Unveiling the OBPR’s Impact Analysis 101 the Department said it answered common questions on the Australian Government’s impact analysis process.

“Each time a new policy proposal is brought forward to the Prime Minister, Cabinet, or a decision-making forum, the Government expects it to be backed by solid evidence,” PM&C said.

“This evidence is established through impact analysis; an important part of best practice policy making and a Government requirement,” it said.

“Impact analysis ensures decision makers have confidence that proposed policies are supported by the best analysis available and are well-designed, well-targeted and fit-for-purpose.”

PM&C said the process required an explanation of the problem a policy aimed to address, who would be impacted and how and why Government action was needed.

The Department said OBPR worked with Departments and Agencies through the impact analysis process to determine if a regulation impact statement (RIS) was required.

It said Agencies at any stage of the policy development cycle could access support from OBPR.

“However, policy makers are encouraged to contact OBPR when beginning to draft a new policy proposal or legislative instrument,” the Department said.

“The earlier in the process, the more impact analysis can add value,” PM&C said.

Further information on OBPR’s Impact Analysis 101 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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