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 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 third regulatory systems amendment bill will be introduced to parliamentary process in early 2020. The second regulatory system amendment bill is aiming to become law end 2019. The first regulatory system amendment bill became law in March 2018.

Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 3)

The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 3) received policy approvals from Cabinet in July 2019. The Bill makes amendments to 24 acts falling under the Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Immigration, Workplace Relations and Safety, and Building and Construction portfolios. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 3) will send drafting instructions to the Parliamentary Council Office in 2019, aiming for the bill’s introduction to parliament in early 2020.

Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 2)

In Dec 2016 and April 2017 Cabinet agreed to policy approvals for the Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 2). The Bill makes amendments to 20 Acts falling under the Social Housing and Housing, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Energy and Resources, and Workplace Relations and Safety portfolios. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No 2) aims to be passed in 2019.

Key links

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)

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: 01 November 2019