The Australian Government Guide to Regulation

The Australian Government Guide to Regulation is intended to be read by every member of the Australian Public Service involved in policy making—from the most junior member of the policy team to the departmental secretary. It provides the context for regulation and encourages policy makers to think about regulatory impact early in the policy process. The principles in this Guide are supplemented by Guidance Notes that provide practical assistance in how they apply.


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PM&C has unique responsibilities and a privileged role. Our principal function is to provide high‑quality policy advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on matters that are at the forefront of public and government administration, including domestic and international affairs and, in particular, the implications of proposals for Commonwealth-State relations.

The Department briefs the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, and consults extensively across the Australian Public Service (APS) to ensure that the advice provided draws on the most appropriate sources.

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Employment reform

The Government has announced a major reform of employment services to ensure better outcomes, and support for, remote job seekers including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.  Getting adults into work is one of the Government's top priorities in Indigenous affairs, along with...

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