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'
Published after date must be later than or the same as Published before date.
Published before date must be earlier than or the same as Published after date.
A National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry – RIS
Regulatory Impact Statement
Amateur charter vessel registration and reporting - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Amending the Cost Recovery Arrangements for Export Certification - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Amendment of the Akaroa Harbour Taiapure boundary - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Amendment to Regulations to address non-compliance in border pathways – Regulatory Impact Statement
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
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
Regulatory Impact Statement
Amendments to the American Foulbrood National Pest Management Plan - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Amendments to the Veterinarians Act 1994 - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Amendments to Veterinarians (Fees) Regulations 1999 - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Animal testing of finished cosmetic products and ingredients used in cosmetics - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Animal Welfare (Calves) Regulations 2016 - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2010 - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Approval of National Animal Identification System - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Aquaculture Legislation Reform - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
Aquaculture Legislation Reform Paper 2: further proposals and report back - Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement
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