Regulatory systems programme

MBIE has extensive regulatory stewardship responsibilities, covering about 140 statutes. Based on these regulatory responsibilities, MBIE has identified 16 regulatory systems for which it has a stewardship role. A regulatory system comprises the rules (eg statutes and regulations), institutions, and practices which combine to achieve a given set of behaviours or outcomes.

In August 17 we published the 2017/2018 Regulatory Stewardship Strategy.

Across these regulatory systems, MBIE carries out a number of common regulatory functions that are essential for a regulatory system to operate effectively:

  • Policy advice
  • Operational policy/service design
  • Service delivery
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Advice/information/education
  • Standard setting
  • Dispute resolution.


For some systems, some functions may not be relevant or are carried out by another agency. Figure 1 below shows which agency is responsible for each regulatory function across MBIE’s regulatory systems.

MBIE also has an interest in regulatory systems that other government agencies have stewardship responsibilities for. This is because these other regulatory systems can impact on the outcomes of MBIE’s regulatory systems, such as resource management and planning. MBIE will apply its regulatory stewardship principles and approach when dealing with these other agencies.

MBIE is focusing on ensuring that our regulatory systems are performing to a high standard. Our programme identifies the best elements from individual systems and seeks to extend those practices across all of our regulatory systems. We will be looking for opportunities to reduce the likelihood of a major regulatory systems failure and remove any unnecessary compliance costs.

In implementing this approach we are:

  • developing a process for Regulatory Systems Bills, which will provide a regular vehicle for the maintenance and continuous improvement of regulatory systems administered by MBIE
  • undertaking assessment processes for all of our regulatory systems, and look across assessments to identify any broader issues
  • setting expectations for the performance of regulatory systems, under the working description of a Regulatory system statement of intent/charter
  • reinforcing shared ownership for regulatory systems among relevant agencies
  • ensuring that each regulatory system is treated as a living system, where there is good knowledge of how the system is intended to perform and is performing.


Figure 1 - Who carries out each regulatory function across MBIE’s regulatory systems

Figure 1: Who carries out each regulatory function across MBIE’s regulatory systems.

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We want to hear from you

We are keeping track of our regulatory systems issues and we want to hear from you about any challenges you have come across in the areas of business, housing, employment and science. For instance you may know about an unnecessary cost associated with reporting to government or an unexpected effect of a statutory provision.

If you would like to discuss MBIE’s regulatory systems performance work programme, please contact


Regulatory Impact Statements

Regulatory Impact Statements produced by MBIE can be found under the ‘Publications and Research’ section of our website, under Publications.

Regulatory Impact Statements produced by MBIE (and other NZ government departments) are also published on the Treasury website.