Regulator Performance Framework

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is leading the whole-of-government commitment to reduce regulatory burden. Deregulation sections have been established in each Department to coordinate the portfolio actions.

As part of this work, a Regulator Performance Framework has been developed which establishes a common set of six Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for all Commonwealth government regulators.

All regulators subject to the Framework must self-assess their performance once every 12 months with the results to be made publicly available. Quasi-regulation including procurement and grants and the setting of policy or standards is not covered by the framework.

For the Authority, the Framework will principally cover our Permission System and compliance activities which come under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 and our work as co-regulator for the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981.

The Authority will report against the six whole-of-government performance indicators based on the following metrics for each Act:

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975

KPI 1 - Regulators do not unnecessarily impede the efficient operation of regulated entities
  • Demonstrated engagement with relevant international organisations to learn from peer experiences and share better practices.
  • Environment scanning is undertaken regularly.
KPI 2 - Communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted and effective
  • Demonstrated appropriate consultation with stakeholders prior to significant regulatory or policy changes.
  • Decisions are accompanied by a statement of reasons and advice about relevant review or appeal mechanisms, where appropriate.
KPI 3 - Actions undertaken by regulators are proportionate to the regulatory risk being managed
  • Demonstrated engagement with regulated entities to inform them of the regulators’ expectations.
  • Risk management policies and procedures are available to regulator staff and the public.
  • Documented enforcement strategy which allows for the compliance records of regulated entities to be considered in determining regulatory actions.
KPI 4 - Compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and coordinated 
  • Demonstrated effort to coordinate inspections with similar regulators, where appropriate.
  • Evidence of collected information being acted upon, stored and re-used.
  • Demonstrated effort to share and receive information among regulators, where appropriate.
  • Monitoring and enforcement strategies that allow for a range of regulatory responses.
KPI 5 - Regulators are open and transparent in their dealings with regulated entities
  • Enforcement strategy and risk approach are published.
  • Performance measurement results are published.
  • Performance information is made publicly available, where appropriate.
  • Advice and guidance is widely available to stakeholders, with feedback mechanisms in place to support and inform continuous improvement.
KPI 6 - Regulators actively contribute to the continuous improvement of regulatory frameworks
  • Documented procedures are in place to allow active and regular engagement with stakeholders.
  • Stakeholder events held regularly to facilitate participation in the development and/or amendment of regulatory frameworks.
  • Documented procedures are in place to facilitate the flow of information between the regulator and policy departments.

Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981

KPI 1 - Regulators do not unnecessarily impede the efficient operation of regulated entities
  • Demonstrated engagement with relevant international organisations to learn from peer experiences and share better practices.
  • Environment scanning is undertaken regularly.
KPI 2 - Communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted and effective
  • Demonstrated appropriate consultation with stakeholders prior to significant regulatory or policy changes.
  • Decisions are accompanied by a statement of reasons and advice about relevant review or appeal mechanisms, where appropriate.
KPI 3 - Actions undertaken by regulators are proportionate to the regulatory risk being managed
  • Demonstrated engagement with regulated entities to inform them of the regulators’ expectations.
  • Risk management policies and procedures are available to regulator staff and the public.
  • Documented enforcement strategy which allows for the compliance records of regulated entities to be considered in determining regulatory actions.
KPI 4 - Compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and coordinated
  • Demonstrated effort to reduce number and crossover of information requirements imposed on regulated entities.
  • Demonstrated effort to share and receive information among regulators, where appropriate.
  • Monitoring and enforcement strategies that allow for a range of regulatory responses.
KPI 5 - Regulators are open and transparent in their dealings with regulated entities
  • Enforcement strategy and risk approach are published.
  • Performance measurement results are published.
  • Performance information is made publicly available, where appropriate.
  • Advice and guidance is widely available to stakeholders, with feedback mechanisms in place to support and inform continuous improvement.
KPI 6 - Regulators actively contribute to the continuous improvement of regulatory frameworks
  • Documented procedures are in place to allow active and regular engagement with stakeholders.
  • Stakeholder events held regularly to facilitate participation in the development and/or amendment of regulatory frameworks.
  • Documented procedures are in place to facilitate the flow of information between the regulator and policy departments.

Further Information

Further information and background on the Regulator Performance Framework is available online.