Anna Cronin is the Commissioner for Better Regulation and has also been appointed as Red Tape Commissioner – following a decision by the Government to merge the Commissioner roles to provide for a more distinct focus on red tape reductions as part of the better regulation agenda in Victoria.
This dual role enables the Commissioner to advise the Government on a broad range of regulatory reforms, with a clear focus on improving regulation and reducing red tape. As part of this expanded role, Anna is building on the work of the previous Red Tape Commissioner and is continuing to consult with businesses and not-for-profit organisations on red tape issues impacting on their operations. Regional consultation is a clear focus of the Commissioner’s activities.
The staff of the Office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation and the Red Tape Unit work closely together to provide a “one-stop” shop for the businesses and not-for-profit with concerns about regulations and red tape and suggestions about regulation improvements.
The Office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation was established in 2015 and has delivered significant improvements in the way in which the impact of new – and sunsetting – regulations are assessed. This practical focus has supported improvements in regulations and the reduction of regulatory burden as well as prompting the consideration of less prescriptive and more outcomes based regulatory approaches, where they are appropriate. This new approach contributes to the development of a more effective and efficient regulatory environment in Victoria.
The Red Tape Unit supports Anna in her role as the Red Tape Commissioner. The Unit works with businesses and not-for-profit organisations to identify red tape issues and design pathways for improvement. This involves close collaboration with departments and regulators across the Victorian Government.
There are three ways to submit red tape concerns to the Red Tape Unit:
- Through the confidential online form
- By email to email@example.com
- By phone to 9092 5800
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.
RIS/LIA Training Workshops 2018
Registrations are now open for the following RIS/LIA Training workshops:
- Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August 2018 (Fully booked - waitlist available)
- Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October 2018
Training is located at Level 37, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne and will run from 8.45am to 1.00pm each day. Morning tea will be provided at the workshops. If you would like to register for training, please complete the online RIS/LIA Training Registration form. You will receive email confirmation of your registration and session date.
Environment Protection (Residential Noise) Regulations
The current residential noise Regulations expire in October 2018. EPA is reviewing these regulations and proposes to continue them with a few small changes. Have your say about the proposal – feedback welcome, please visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/residential-noise-regulations
Combustible Recyclable Waste Material PIA
This consultation is to seek feedback on the draft waste management policy and existing guideline. The review is open for comment, please visit: https://engage.vic.gov.au/managing-combustible-recyclable-waste-victoria
State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) PIA
Consultation on the draft SEPP (Waters), draft policy assessment and draft implementation plan is open until 18 June 2018. Please visit: www.engage.vic.gov.au/seppwaters