Standards and risk assessments can not only support Government policy and programs, but are also an effective tool for reform. The use of standards and risk assessments can help facilitate further investment and trade opportunities for Australian businesses and entrepreneurs.

However, different policy conditions necessitate different policy approaches and it is important that policy officers are aware of the key considerations to take into account when implementing standards and risk assessments to support Government policies and programs. By following this guide, policy officers can contribute to enhancing regulatory frameworks and trade facilitation.

Officers should not be intimidated by using standards and risk assessments and are encouraged to explore the extent they can be used. In addition to this guide, there are many resources and contacts within the department, there are that can be used to support officers in using standards and risk assessments in support of policies and programs. These can be found in in Annex G of this guide.

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