Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC)

The Victorian Government's foremost body advising on business regulation reform and identifying opportunities for improving Victoria's competitive position.

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Reallocation of Reviews function to Commissioner for Better Regulation

22 september 2015

The Victorian Government today confirmed its previous announcement to re-configure its approach to best practice regulation in Victoria. With immediate effect, the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) has been abolished and the new office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation has been established, supported by a Secretariat. The Commission is being established within the Treasury portfolio.  Ms Anna Cronin has been appointed as Victoria's first Commissioner for Better Regulation. 

The Commissioner will be responsible for assessing the adequacy of regulatory impact statements and legislative impact assessments and also for administering the Government's Competitive Neutrality Policy, including the investigation of complaints against government agencies.

Departments and other stakeholders involved in preparing impact assessments and in dealing with competitive neutrality issues should continue to engage with their existing contacts as normal. This website will shortly be updated to reflect the new arrangements.

Please contact Andrew Walker (9092 5800 or andrew.walker@vcec.vic.gov.au) if you have any queries.

Reallocation of VCEC functions

14 May 2015

VCEC's functions are being re-configured to support the Victorian Government's commitment to best-practice regulation. VCEC will cease to exist as a single entity and its functions will be embedded in the day-to-day operations of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

VCEC's regulatory impact assessment and competitive neutrality functions will continue to be undertaken independently. Agencies and other relevant stakeholders involved in the preparation of regulatory impact assessments should continue to engage with Reviews team staff.

VCEC's inquiry functions (including regulatory improvement studies) will be delivered through the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Both VCEC Commissioners will continue to oversee VCEC functions.

VCEC is grateful to all stakeholders — and to the wider Victorian community — for engaging with VCEC since its inception in 2004.

Regulatory improvement study with the SRO

24 June 2015

VCEC has completed a regulatory improvement study with the State Revenue Office, which examined opportunities for consolidating revenue collection functions in Victoria.

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5 AUGUST 2015

The VCEC has released guidance on Smart regulation: Grappling with risk to assist policy advisers and regulators in understanding risk and prioritising their activities to achieve the best outcome for the community.

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Release of RIS for the proposed Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations 2016 and the proposed Subdivision (Fees) Regulations 2016

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has released the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the proposed Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations 2016 and the proposed Subdivision (Fees) Regulations 2016. DELWP welcomes public comment and submissions are welcomed on the RIS and proposed regulations. Submissions must be received no later than close of business 24 June 2016.

Release of RIS for Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles) (Taxi-Cab Industry Accreditation and Other Matters) Regulations 2016

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has released a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles) (Taxi-Cab Industry Accreditation and Other Matters) Regulations 2016. DEDJTR is seeking feedback on the proposed regulations and RIS. Submissions must be received by 30 May 2016.