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 (RSB) provide a vehicle to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of regulatory systems and to reduce the chance of regulatory failure. Amendments involve continuous improvement of, or repairs and maintenance to, MBIE’s regulatory systems. Different to Statutes Amendment Bills – which are designed for technical, short, non-controversial amendments - Regulatory Systems Bills can deal with more complex amendments even though these cannot involve significant policy change.

Regulatory Systems Bills clarify and update statutory provisions to give effect to the intended purpose of the act and its provisions and keep the regulatory system up to date and relevant. The bills address 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 having policy decisions finalised. Expressions of interest (EOIs) have been received for RSB (No. 4), and the drafting of these amendments aims to begin this year.

Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 4)

The Regulatory Systems Bill (No 4) process has recently begun, with Expressions of Interest (EOIs) having been received. Drafting of these amendments aims to be finalised and sent to the Parliamentary Counsel Office in 2020.

Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 3)

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 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.

Key links

Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment (No 2) Bill: Approval to table a Supplementary Order Paper [PDF, 149 KB]

Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment (No 2) Bill: Approval to table a Supplementary Order Paper - Minute of Decision [PDF, 183 KB]

Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill (No 2) (external link)

Regulatory Systems (Housing) Amendment Bill (No 2)(external link)

Regulatory Systems (Workforce) Amendment Bill (No 2)(external link)

IPONZ announcement on Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment (No 2) Bill(external link)

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.

Key links

Regulatory Systems (Building and Housing) Amendment Bill (No 1) (external link)

Regulatory Systems (Commercial Matters) Amendment Bill (No 1) (external link)

Regulatory Systems (Workplace Relations) Amendment Bill (No 1)(external link)

For more information on Regulatory System Amendments Bills, contact us at Regulatory.Systems@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 07 July 2020