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Business rule accountability the focus of new report.



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28 November 2008

BUSINESS RULE ACCOUNTABILITY THE FOCUS OF NEW REPORT Attorney-General Robert McClelland today launched the Administrative Review Council’s 49th report, ‘Administrative accountability in business areas subject to complex and specific regulation’.

The report investigates the increasing complexity of regulatory regimes which apply to Australian business, and proposes a set of guidelines to ensure accountability and transparency in the application of business rules. It covers regulation by government agencies, as well as self regulation by industry bodies and other non-government entities.

“The report provides a useful framework for those involved in drafting and making decisions on the basis of business rules. If followed, it should help bureaucrats from both the business and public sector become facilitators,” Mr McClelland said.

“The administrative law values of lawfulness, fairness, rationality, openness and efficiency should be elements of all business rules, not only those housed in legislation applied by government agencies.”

The Council plays an important role in monitoring and advising the Government on matters relating to the Commonwealth administrative law system primarily through the publication of reports and best practice guidelines.

The Council also advises Government on the sorts of decisions that should be subject to tribunal and judicial review.

“While the report focuses primarily on business regulation, it is clear that the Council’s findings will also be relevant to other complex regulatory areas,” Mr McClelland said.

Copies of the report may be obtained by calling the Council’s Secretariat on 02 6250 5800 or on the Council’s website at: http://www.law.gov.au/arc.

Media Contact: Adam Sims 0419 480 224