The Government's vision is for Victoria to have the most efficient regulatory system in Australia.
The time spent and costs incurred by business and the community dealing with excessive regulatory requirements is an unacceptable burden. The ability to get on with more productive endeavours that can create jobs and investment is lost.
The Government has a comprehensive program to reduce red tape by 25 per cent. Its Red Tape Reduction Program is on track to deliver over $500 million in annual benefits to business, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and individuals. This is achieved by removing unnecessary reporting and compliance obligations imposed by red tape.
As part of the Government's economic strategy, Securing Victoria's Economy. Planning, Building, Delivering, the Hon. John Lloyd, PSM, has been appointed as the new Red Tape Commissioner. The Commissioner reports directly to the Treasurer and provides an important bridge between the business community and government, ensuring that Victorian regulation meets best practice standards.
Business and the community are invited to raise any regulatory concerns or suggestions for reducing red tape by emailing email@example.com
Methodology to measure cost savings
Regulatory change measurement (RCM) manualThe Regulatory change measurement (RCM) manual should be read in conjunction with the Victorian guide to regulation (VGR). It provides guidance to Victorian departments and public entities on undertaking measurements of changes in regulatory burden.
From 1 January 2010 it is mandatory for an appropriate RCM to be completed for each relevant regulatory change using the procedure outlined in this manual.
This manual replaces section 4.4 and Appendix F of the VGR and is supplemented by two toolkits. Toolkit 1 explains how regulations are to be mapped and toolkit 2 explains how the relevant regulatory costs are calculated.
Victorian RCM manual (738 KB PDF) | (1 MB DOC)
RCM toolkit 1 - Guide to mapping (738 KB PDF) | (701 KB DOC)
RCM toolkit 2 - Guide to assessing and calculating costs (694 KB PDF) | (425 KB DOC)
Introductory guidance on this methodology is provided in the slides below.
Regulatory change measurement methodology (604 KB PPT)
Regulatory change measurement - Calculating delay costs (781 KB PPT)
For more information about the RCM manual and toolkits email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reducing red tape Statements of Expectations for regulatorsIn its response to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s inquiry, Strengthening Foundations for the Next Decade: An Inquiry into Victoria’s regulatory framework , the Government agreed to issue Ministerial Statements of Expectations (SOEs) to all Victorian regulators.
As a first step, Victoria's five key regulators will be issued reducing red tape SOEs designed to identify and set performance measures around the key compliance and administrative activities of the regulator that impose significant administrative, compliance and delay costs on business and the broader community. This will contribute to the Government’s 25 per cent red tape reduction target.
The following guidelines will assist departments, on behalf of Ministers, to prepare a reducing red tape SOE letter. WorkSafe Victoria, VicRoads, Environment Protection Authority Victoria, Consumer Affairs Victoria, and the Victorian Commission for Liquor and Gambling Regulation will be issued reducing red tape SOE letters by their respective Ministers by 31 March 2013.
It is a requirement that both departments and the regulator publish the reducing red tape SOE letter on their website.
Guidelines for preparing reducing red tape Statements of Expectations for regulators (558 KB PDF) | (608 KB DOC)
Resources on reducing red tape on business
Publications Business Licence Review (265 kb PDF) (PricewaterhouseCoopers, January 2010)
Estimate of Victoria's administrative burden (277 KB PDF) (A DTF internal working paper) | (203 KB DOC)
PricewaterhouseCoopers assessment of DTF's assumptions (175 kb PDF) (13 July 2007)
Analysis of administrative burden of Victorian state regulation (169 kb PDF) (PricewaterhouseCoopers, April 2007)
GuidelinesVictorian guide to regulation
External linksBusiness Victoria
Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission
Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR)
Better Regulation Executive (United Kingdom)
OECD Regulatory Reform Programme
Standard Cost Model Network