The Commissioner for Better Regulation provides independent advice to the Government on improving Victoria’s regulatory performance. The Commissioner reports to the Treasurer and is supported by a secretariat called the Office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation (OCBR), which provides practical advice and support to government agencies.
The Commissioner’s responsibilities are set out in the instrument of appointment PDF (PDF 62kb) or Word (DOCX 17kb), and include:
Assessing the adequacy of Regulatory Impact Statements and Legislative Impact Assessments
The Commissioner and the OCBR work closely with Departments and agencies which are undertaking impact assessments. We engage with the relevant organisation at the beginning of the assessment and offer support throughout the process. This helps to ensure that advice to the Government is clear, comprehensive, logical, draws on relevant evidence, is transparent about any assumptions made, and proportionate to the expected impacts.
Assisting agencies responsible for regulation with the design, application and administration of the regulation so that they can improve its quality
Regular training sessions on the preparation of impact assessments for Departmental and agency staff (including problem definition, option development and assessment techniques) are provided by the OCBR. The OCBR also runs workshops on specific impact assessments for relevant staff to support them as they consider complex issues. We also provide advice and support on specific issues at the request of departments and regulators.
Completing research on regulatory issues as specified by the Treasurer or the Secretary of DTF
The Treasurer or Secretary may request specific advice from the Commissioner on regulatory issues or other matters.
Convening the Regulators’ Forum
The Commissioner chairs and convenes the Regulators’ Forum. This is the only regular meeting which brings together the leaders of Victoria’s largest regulators and key departmental staff. The Forum is an important vehicle through which best practices can be shared and the challenges of innovation can be discussed. Guest speakers of interest to regulators are regularly invited to attend.
Advising the Government on competitive neutrality and investigating complaints
The Victorian Government supports competitive neutrality between government owned and private enterprises providing the same service. The OCBR undertakes competitive neutrality investigations under the oversight and direction of the Commissioner. Where a complaint is made, the Commissioner decides whether an investigation is necessary; if it is, the Commissioner completes the investigation and advises the government owned business on any actions needed to ensure compliance with the Competitive Neutrality Policy.
Commissioner Anna Cronin
Anna Cronin is Victoria's first Commissioner for Better Regulation, appointed by the Victorian Government in 2015. She has worked in executive and leadership roles in Federal and State governments.
From June 2018 Anna has undertaken the roles of Victoria's Red Tape Commissioner as well.
Anna graduated from the Australian National University with a BEc (economics, econometrics and pure maths). She started her career as an economist in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, and (what is now) the Productivity Commission. She has been closely involved in policy development for 25 years from diverse perspectives, including as CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation, as a senior bureaucrat in the Western Australian Government's STate Development department and as Chief of Staff to two Premiers of Victoria.
Anna has considerable experience in regulatory issues across many policy areas, including in agricultural and mining regulatory and approvals frameworks. She has also held a number of board positions in the government and not for profit sectors. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne.
Office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation
For general enquiries for the Office or contact details of relevant staff refer to the following list:
For general enquiries/training
Key contacts for RIS/LIA enquiries
Phone: 9092 5840
Phone: 9092 5826
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