Section 4: Assessing performance and outcomes

The next assessment is designed to provide assurance that the standard or risk assessment will perform as expected to support the policy or program outcome. It is recommended that any analysis completed by policy officers is documented.

Gathering information and evidence on performance

Policy officers should gather a wide range of information about how the standard or risk assessment has been used previously and what were the resulting outcomes. It is recommended that policy officers gather information from a variety of sources including feedback from stakeholders; and analysis and research from other jurisdictions.

Regulatory burden

Policy officers need to be cognisant that the chosen standard or risk assessment should seek to limit the regulatory burden for stakeholders. Policy officers are encouraged to make a determination in consultation with their stakeholders through the completion of the Regulatory Burden Measure online tool. Policy officers who need further assistance identifying the regulatory impact of using standards should contact the Regulation Reform team at If the use of a standard does increase the regulatory burden, officers will need to identify a regulatory offset.

Cost benefit analysis

Departmental policy officers must demonstrate that the use of a standard or risk assessment to support a policy or program will provide an overall net benefit to stakeholders. If net benefit cannot be demonstrated, it is likely to be rejected by the decision-maker, and other policy options may need to be considered.

The degree, depth and detail of the analysis must be commensurate with the magnitude of the problem and the size of the potential impact of the proposal. Where quantitative data is readily available, policy officers should use this data and state its source. Where quantitative data is not available, officers can use qualitative descriptions. Any assumptions from trusted-third parties must be stated in the analysis.

Guidance on how policy officers can calculate costs and benefits of using a particular standard or risk assessment can be found in Annex D and Annex E of this guide.

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