Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 401f. Updated Friday, 21 March 2014

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PS rule book for war on red tape

A new "rule book" has been issued for the Australian Public Service in an effort to reduce "red tape".

Part of the Government's so-called war on red tape, the rule book was released by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Josh Frydenberg at the same time Parliament was presented with up to 8,000 out-of-date laws and regulations to repeal.

"The new rule book, which applies to all the Public Service, was designed to achieve cultural change and ensure regulation was a last resort for mandarins, not the default option," according to Mr Frydenberg, who is also Parliamentary secretary for Deregulation.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet also now requires that all Cabinet submissions include a Regulatory Impact Statement outlining the red tape impact of new laws.

Regulation 'last resort'

"All Cabinet submissions that have a major regulatory impact will now be subject to a regulatory impact statement and all senior Ministers are required to establish a deregulation unit within their Department," he said.

The repeal of laws and regulations under way via the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2014 affects every sector of the economy, from small business to aged care to immigration to the rules around Government procurement and grants.

The Bill would reduce the volume of regulation, eliminate duplication between State and Federal Governments, improve consultation with business and ensure greater transparency and efficiency within the Public Service, Mr Frydenberg said.

The Government's objective is to reduce the annual cost of red tape for business, community organisations and individuals by at least $1 billion per year.

The "rule book" is available at this PS News link:

The Bill is available at this PS News link.

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