Example COAG RISs
In preparing a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS), policy officers often find it helpful to examine examples of RISs which have been assessed as adequate. The following examples have been published on this website for that purpose. They have been chosen to illustrate RISs for different types of regulatory proposals as well as different degrees of analysis. It should be noted that the amount of detail and depth of analysis in a RIS needs to be commensurate with the magnitude of the problem and with the size of the potential impact of the proposals.
RISs prepared under Council of Australian Governments (COAG) requirements are first made public at the consultation stage. The COAG RIS requirements released in October 2007 also encourage the publication of the final RIS after a decision has been made. These RISs will usually be made public via the relevant Ministerial Council, national standard-setting body or COAG website.
Examples of COAG RISs at the Consultation Stage
- Amendment to the National Exposure Standards for Chrysotile Asbestos
- Feasibility Study into Extending Country of Origin Labelling to Selected Packaged Fruit or Vegetable Whole Food Produce
- Feasibility of extending Country of Origin Labelling: A benefit cost analysis
- Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for Electrical Appliances
- Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Quality Standards for Post 2006
Examples of Final COAG RISs at the Decision Stage
The Amendment to the National Exposure Standards for Chrysotile Asbestos is:
- To reduce the potential for adverse health outcomes caused by exposure to chrysotile asbestos in the workplace.
- An example of the level of analysis appropriate for a less significant proposal in a COAG RIS prepared for the consultation stage.
- The RIS provides an analysis of each option and attempts to quantify the benefits.
Feasibility Study into Extending Country of Origin Labelling to Selected Packaged Fruit or Vegetable Whole Food Produce
The consultation stage regulation impact statement example, Feasibility Study into Extending Country of Origin Labelling to Selected Packaged Fruit or Vegetable Whole Food Produce, examines the feasibility, benefits and costs of extending country of origin labelling (CoOL) to each of the two (or less) principal whole fruit or vegetable produce packaged together, including where other incidental ingredients are part of such a product. Fruit and vegetable juices and soya milks were included within the scope of the example.
Note: these link to individual pages of the above PDF [ - 48 KB]
More detailed assessment
Chapter 1 Problem and Objective
A What is the potential problem being addressed?
B What are the objectives?
Chapter 2 Options under Consideration (Scope)
A Status quo
B Proposed extension of CoOL
Chapter 3 Outcome of CIE Benefit-Cost Analysis
A Summary of CIE approach
B Summary of CIE conclusions
C Summary of submitter comments on CIE benefit-Cost analysis
Chapter 4 Outcome of Analysis using Office of Small Business Costing Tool
A Description of Office of Small Business Costing Tool
B Results of use of Costing Tool
C Submitter comments on the use of the Costing Tool
Chapter 5 Outcome of Review of Consumer Research
A Description of analysis undertaken by FSANZ
B Results of analysis
C Submitter comments on the consumer research analysis
Chapter 6 Outcome of Stakeholder Consultation
A Number and distribution of submissions received
B Issues raised by submitters
Chapter 7 Outcome of Assessment of the Option Against COAG Principles of Good Regulation
A Minimising the impact of regulation
B Minimising the impact on competition
C Predictability of outcomes
D International standards and practices
E Regulations should not restrict international trade
F Regular review of regulation
G Flexibility of standards and regulations
H The exercise of bureaucratic discretion
Attachment A Examples of the Types of Foods Within Scope
A Current requirements
B International context
Attachment D Further Information in Relation to Consumer Research
A Submitter comments on, and FSANZ responses to, consumer research
B Further information about the nature of surveys
The consultation stage regulation impact statement example, Feasibility of extending CoOL: A benefit cost analysis, examines the feasibility of a proposed extension of the current food standard concerning CoOL (gazetted in December 2005) that was specified in a Ministerial Direction to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (the Ministerial Direction). The extension would require that all countries of origin be specified for each major component of packaged food products containing two (or fewer) fruits or vegetables.
Private costs to individuals are significant
Private benefits to individuals are marginal
Public benefits and costs
Conclusion: costs exceed benefits
Part 1 Introduction
Benefits and costs of extending CoOL
Purpose of this study
Our approach and the scope of this study
Part 2 Scope of the proposed extension
Countries of origin of up to two components
Main products likely to be affected in the market
Part 3 Structure of costs: financial model
Office of Small Business Costing Tool
The Financial Model
Part 4 Estimates of compliance costs
Cost rise with countries sourced and ingredients used
Small firms and low volume sales items are hardest hit
The greater the number of products affected, the greater the cost
Average cost increase to food processors is 1.4 per cent
Part 5 Economy-wide costs
Output and exports down, imports and consumer prices up
Horticultural incomes down, national welfare down
Required consumer benefit to off-set costs
Part 6 Private and public benefits, private and public costs
Specific market observations and evidence
Part 7 Conclusion
Public benefits and costs
Appendix A - Manufacturing firm’s costs
Appendix B - Juicing firm’s costs
Appendix C - CIE ORANI horticulture
- The ORANI model
- The simulations undertaken
Appendix D - Alternative CoOL extension options
- Fair Dinkum Food Campaign proposal
- AusVeg proposal
The Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Air-conditioners, and the Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Electric Motors are examples of RISs at the consultation stage.
The Commonwealth Government and the States and Territories agreed to implement Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for a range of domestic and industrial electrical appliances. RISs for each suite of standards are prepared at the consultation stage and the decision-making stage, in accordance with the Council of Australian Governments' Principles and Guidelines for National Standard Setting and Regulatory Action by Ministerial Councils and Standard-Setting Bodies.
- These RISs are examples of the level of analysis appropriate in a COAG RIS at the consultation stage for quite significant proposals.
- Each RIS examined the economic and environmental impacts of varying efficiency standards on business, consumers, the Government and the general public.
- Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Air-conditioners PDF version [ - 326 KB]
- Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Air-conditioners RTF version [ - 1.9 MB]
- Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Electric Motors PDF version [ - 277 KB]
- Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Electric Motors RTF version [ - 1.9 MB]
This consultation stage (draft) Regulation Impact Statement was prepared by the Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Quality Standards Review Working Group, on behalf of the Motor Vehicle and Environment Committee.
The national code of practice for the prevention of falls in general construction:
- Provides guidance to industry on how to meet their obligations under the National Standard for Construction Work, including fall prevention measures that are recommended for use when working at heights of two meters or more, unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so.
- The decision stage RIS covered an adequate range of options and contains a level of analysis commensurate with the impacts of the proposed regulatory measures.
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