Independent Review of the NSW Regulatory Policy Framework

About the review

In August 2016, the Audit Office of NSW completed a performance audit of red tape reduction initiatives in NSW between 2011 and 2015.

As part of its response to the Auditor-General’s recommendations, the NSW Government is undertaking a comprehensive review of the NSW regulatory policy framework.

The review will develop recommendations for enhancing the policies, institutions and tools that underpin regulatory quality in NSW.  It is being overseen by an independent panel of experts in the fields of government, business and digitisation appointed by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation.

Terms of reference

The Panel has been tasked with a broad ranging review to examine the current NSW regulatory policy framework that underpins regulatory quality across the whole of NSW Government. It will have regard to both policy and statutory requirements that govern how government develops, assesses, reviews and reforms legislation and regulations to the extent they impose costs on businesses, consumers and the community.

The review will also consider the NSW Government’s response to the NSW Auditor-General’s Performance Report Red Tape Reduction.

Consultation and timing

The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation has asked the panel to complete its final report within six months.

During this period, there will be a public consultation period immediately following the release of this issues paper, with any interested party invited to make a submission by close of business Thursday 15 December 2016. Additionally, throughout the review, the Panel expects to consult with key stakeholders – such as government agencies and business or community sector peak bodies – through other channels, such as individual or group discussions.

Following the conclusion of the public consultation period for the issues paper, the Panel will consider whether it is appropriate to release a draft report for consultation in early 2017, ahead of the final report being provided to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation in the first half of 2017.

The panel

The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation has appointed an independent panel of experts in government, business and digitisation to undertake the Review, consisting of:

  • The Hon Nick Greiner AC (Chair)
    Nick Greiner was Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales from 1988-1992. Nick is currently Chairman of QBE Emerging Markets and Accolade Wines, as well as Deputy Chairman of CHAMP Private Equity. He is Chairman of Council of Advisors, Rothschild Australia Limited; Chairman, Advisory Board, Crosby Textor; and Adviser to Transurban Ltd.
  • Ms Su McCluskey (Member)
    Su McCluskey is a Director of Australian Unity, the Foundation for Young Australians and the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society, Chairman of Energy Renaissance and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. Su was a member of the Harper Review of Competition Policy and the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee. She was previously the CEO of the Regional Australia Institute, Executive Director of the Australian Government Office of Best Practice Regulation, and has held senior roles with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Mr Martin Stewart-Weeks (Member)
    From 2001-13, Martin led the Asia-Pacific public sector team in the consulting and innovation arm for Cisco Systems, working on policy and reform projects in government, education, human services and urbanisation in India, China, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this role, he held various policy and management roles in the public sector, including Chief of Staff to a Minister in the Federal Government and with the NSW Cabinet.

Issues paper

The Panel has released an issues paper and commenced public consultation for the Review. The issues paper is intended as a conversation starter for the Review, touching on the key issues around regulatory policy and inviting comment from key stakeholders in government, business and the community.

Everyone with an interest in regulatory policy is invited to make a written submission by close of business Thursday 15 December 2016 by email to or by post to:

Regulatory Policy Review Secretariat
GPO Box 5341

If you have any other questions, you can also contact the Review’s secretariat by email at

Submissions policy

Feedback will not be published on the Review website if stakeholders advise in writing at the time of making their submission they prefer it or any part of it to be treated as confidential. However, requests for access to confidential submissions will be considered on a case by case basis in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

The Panel will generally make the submissions received and the name of the person or organisation making the submission publicly available on the Review website, subject to any claims for confidentiality or request not to disclose the name. Any personal information received in submissions is treated in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Personal information is any information from which an individual’s identity is apparent or can be reasonably ascertained. It may include an individual’s name, address and other identifiable information, as well as their opinions and ideas.

Personal information of individuals making a submission – such as email addresses, postal address or phone numbers – will generally be removed before submissions are published.