Report of the Third Review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth State and Territory) December 2012 National Environment Protection Council Response to the Report of the Third Review of the National Protection Council Acts
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48 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 their information. It may no longer provide the accessibility and transparency initially envisaged in the Act. Consultation should include internet-based approaches. It should be noted that the McMichael Review argued against making a National Environment Protection Measure to incorporate the water quality guidelines as it would require the guidelines to be put through the full National Environment Protection Measure development process, including repeating consultation. McMichael was concerned that this would unnecessarily delay the guidelines adoption. The McMichael Review recommended provision for recognition of alternative, equivalent consultative processes. COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS REGULATION IMPACT STATEMENT PROCESS The Council of Australian Governments has put in place a rigorous process to ensure balanced and transparent decision support mechanisms including a regulation impact statement process and additional oversight by the Office of Best Practice Regulation. The primary role of a regulation impact statement is to improve government decision-making processes by ensuring that all relevant information is presented to the decision maker when a policy decision is being made. The regulation impact statement analysis should outline the desired objective of the response, a range of alternative options to achieve the objective, and an assessment of the impact of each option, and should be informed by effective consultation. Generally a Council of Australian Governments regulation impact statement process comprises a consultation and a decision regulation impact statement. This process is as follows: the primary purpose of the consultation regulation impact statement is to seek early feedback from stakeholders that can be used to inform the Council of Australian Governments when the final decision is being made a decision regulation impact statement provides more detail and is required to include particular elements such as evaluation of the compliance burden on business when complying with regulations, an assessment of the competition effects of any policy options and analysis of relevant international standards that may be affected by the proposed regulation the decision regulation impact statement will usually include a distributional analysis which describes the impacts of proposed policies on different groups the decision regulation impact statement should define any risks to implementation of any of the options, and identify appropriate responses and review their effectiveness a detailed consultation report, summarising feedback gathered in the consultation regulation impact statement process and any other relevant consultations, is included in the decision regulation impact statement