Regulatory systems amendment bills
This page explains the different regulatory system amendment bills that we have used to update legislation we administer.
What are Regulatory Systems Amendment Bills?
Regulatory System Bills (RSBs) are a legislative vehicle that help to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of regulatory systems, and to reduce the chances of regulatory failures. The amendments that are included in the bills involve the continuous improvement of, or repairs and maintenance to the regulatory systems administered by MBIE. They differ from Statutes Amendment Bills – which are designed for technical, short, non-controversial amendments – in that Regulatory Systems Bills can deal with more complex amendments, even though these cannot involve significant policy change.
RSBs clarify and update statutory provisions to give effect to the intended purpose of acts and their provisions, and keep the regulatory systems up to date and relevant. The bills address things such as regulatory duplication, gaps, errors, and inconsistencies within and between different pieces of legislation and aim to remove unnecessary costs of compliance and doing business.
Regulatory System Bills are moved through the parliamentary process as omnibus bills and can therefore make effective use of parliamentary time.
The first RSB was made into law in March 2016, RSB (No. 2) gained Royal Assent in November 2019 and RSB (No. 3) is currently being drafted. The expressions of interest (EOIs) process for RSB (No. 4) has begun, and the amendments received aim to be submitted to Cabinet for approval later this year.
Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 4)
The Regulatory Systems Bill (No 4) EOI process has recently begun. The amendments that will be received will be submitted to Cabinet later in 2022.
Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 3)
Cabinet approved the proposed amendments for the bill on May 5 2021. It included amendments to over 30 different acts from the Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Immigration, Workplace Relations and Safety, and Building and Construction portfolios. Drafting instructions have been sent to the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).
Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 2)
Cabinet approval for amendments to be included in this bill were approved in July 2019. It included amendments to 24 different acts from the Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Immigration, Workplace Relations and Safety, and Building and Construction portfolios. Policy decisions are currently being finalised before being sent to the Parliamentary Counsel Office in 2020.
Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 1)
The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 1) includes amendments to 20 Acts from the portfolios of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Building and Housing, Energy and Resources, and Communications. The amendments address technical and minor issues with our regulatory systems to keep them up to date and relevant.
For more information on Regulatory System Amendments Bills, contact us at Regulatory.Systems@mbie.govt.nz