Law & policy

 Quickfinder

Regulatory impact statements

Whenever policy work might make, change, or repeal Acts or regulations, government departments must do regulatory impact analysis.


What to expect in a regulatory impact statement

A regulatory impact statement (RIS) is a government agency document that summarises an agency's best advice to its Minister and Cabinet, including:

  • a definition of the problem to be addressed
  • the objectives of any solution proposed
  • the full range of practical options and an analysis of each one
  • any consultation done
  • how the solution will be implemented, monitored, and reviewed.

A RIS should be an objective, balanced presentation of the analysis of the impact a policy change is likely to have. It needs to explain and justify conclusions the agency reached. By publishing all RIS after decisions are made, Government ensures its decisions are transparent to the public.

The Treasury offers a detailed guide on regulatory impact analysis, how to prepare a RIS, and quality assurance for all proposals. Treasury also publishes all government departments' RIS.

Tips - try using:
  • one word for precise results - for example, alligator
  • multiple words for broader results. For example, alligator meat returns documents with either alligator or meat
  • quotation marks to search a specific term - for example, 'alligator meat' returns documents with the exact phrase 'alligator meat'

A National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry – RIS

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 13442 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amateur charter vessel registration and reporting - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 484 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amending the Cost Recovery Arrangements for Export Certification - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 129 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amendment of the Akaroa Harbour Taiapure boundary - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 1465 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amendment to the Dairy Industry (Herd Testing and New Zealand Dairy Core Database) Regulations 2001 - Research Exemption Regulatory Impact and Business Compliance Costs Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 63 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amendment to the Dairy Industry (Herd Testing and New Zealand Dairy Core Database) Regulations 2001 to adopt revised Herd Testing Standard (NZS 8100) Regulatory Impact and Business Compliance Costs Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 131 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amendments to the American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 150 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amendments to the Veterinarians Act 1994 - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 68 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Amendments to Veterinarians (Fees) Regulations 1999 - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 120 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Animal testing of finished cosmetic products and ingredients used in cosmetics - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 623 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Animal Welfare (Calves) Regulations 2016 - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 356 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2010 - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 69 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Approval of National Animal Identification System - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 219 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Aquaculture Legislation Reform - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 1464 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Aquaculture Legislation Reform Paper 2: further proposals and report back - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 2017 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement

Aquaculture Legislation Reform Paper: Fisheries (Aquaculture Compensation) Regulations - Regulatory Impact Statement

Open / Close

Download document [PDF, 1850 KB]

Regulatory Impact Statement
Last reviewed: | Has this been useful? Give us your feedback
Feedback

Access Keys