The Productivity Commission has released its draft report  on the efficiency and quality of Commonwealth, state and territory and Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) processes.

The Commission found there is considerable scope to improve the way that regulations are developed and scrutinised by all governments. In Regulatory Impact Analysis: Benchmarking - a report requested by COAG - the Commission compares the regulatory impact analysis processes of the Commonwealth, States and Territories and COAG, and identifies leading practices.

'Australians need to be confident that all governments are committed to the rigorous assessment of regulation to ensure that unnecessary burdens on business and the community are avoided', Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald said.

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