Anna Cronin is Victoria’s first Commissioner for Better Regulation. In addition to this role, she was also appointed as Red Tape Commissioner in June 2018. This follows the Government's decision to merge the two roles and provide a more distinct focus on red tape reductions as part of Victoria's better regulation agenda.

Under the Commissioner’s leadership, the Office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation (OCBR), including the Red Tape Unit, provides practical advice and support to the Victorian Government on the impacts of regulatory change, especially through the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIS) and Legislative Impact Assessment (LIA) processes.

The OCBR works across Departments and agencies to advise on best practice regulatory design and regulator performance.

We also provide a “one-stop” shop for businesses and not-for-profit organisations with concerns about red tape issues and suggestions for regulatory improvements.


Review into Victoria’s building and planning approvals processes

The Treasurer and the Minister for Planning have asked the Red Tape Commissioner to undertake a review of State and local government processes surrounding building and planning approvals, and early building works infrastructure approvals and to identify opportunities to streamline processes and reduce delays.

The review is be completed within 9 months with a draft report provided to the Treasurer and Minister for Planning within 6 months.

Visit the Planning and Building Approvals Process Review page for more information and to register your interest.

News and Events

Red Tape Reforms To Cut Construction Business Costs

The third review under the Small Business Regulation Review program has been completed, with a focus on improving the way regulators and small businesses interact in the construction sector.

The reforms will make it easier for small construction businesses to understand and meet their regulatory obligations. Estimated savings for small construction businesses from the reforms are between $21.3 million and $42.6 million per year.

Visit the Engage Victoria website for more information.

Proposed Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 Released for Consultation

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has completed a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the proposed Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019. DHHS’ “sunset review” process presents an opportunity to update the Regulations to ensure we continue to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians now and into the future.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposed Regulations by 30 September 2019, either by making a written submission or by completing one of several short online surveys.

Visit the Engage Victoria website for more information.

Proposed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019 Released for Consultation

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) has completed a Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the Proposed Regulations by 26 September 2019. Visit the Engage Victoria website for more information.

Proposed Variation to the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 Released for Consultation

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has completed a Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed variation to the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposed code by 29 September 2019. Visit the Engage Victoria website for more information.

Proposed Environment Protection Regulations and Environment Reference Standard Released for Consultation

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has completed a Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed Environment Protection Regulations and Environment Protection Transition Regulations, and an Impact Assessment for the proposed Environment Reference Standard.

The EPA worked closely with OCBR and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to prepare these proposals and analyses – including the first-ever Environment Reference Standard and Impact Assessment prepared under the new legislative framework established in the Environment Protection Act 2017 and Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018.

The proposed Regulations support the new framework by prescribing additional details to address “residual risks” to human health or the environment across eleven different problem areas that may continue after the new laws take effect. The proposed standard provides a clear and authoritative benchmark to assess and report on environmental conditions in four different key areas (air, land, noise and water), to support clearer communication and reporting as well as a range of regulatory decisions that depend on environmental matters.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposed Regulations and standard by 31 October 2019. Visit the Engage Victoria website for more information.