Regulator performance framework

2020-21 RPF report

The Bureau of Meteorology has published its 2020-21 performance report as regulator for part 7 of the Water Regulations.

The report found that we are doing well against the Government's six key performance indicators. In line with good practice, we continue to clearly communicate requirements. We also work to ensure the Regulations are up to date and bring clear benefits to Australia at low cost to affected organisations.

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About the Australian Government Regulator Performance Reporting

The Australian Government introduced the Regulator Performance Framework in October 2014. The framework aims to encourage regulators to undertake their functions with the minimum impact necessary to achieve regulatory objectives and to effect positive ongoing and lasting cultural change within regulators. The framework consists of six outcomes-based key performance indicators or KPIs. The KPIs cover regulatory burden, communications, risk-based and proportionate approaches, efficient and coordinated monitoring, transparency, and continuous improvement.

The 2020-21 self-assessment report will be the Bureau's last report under the Regulator Performance Framework. On 1 July 2021, the Government announced a new Regulator Performance Guide which refreshed its expectations for regulator performance and reporting.

The Bureau is transitioning to this new approach and will be reporting on our regulator performance through our Corporate Plan and Annual Report from 2021-22. Further information on the Regulator Performance Guide is available at:

The Bureau of Meteorology Regulator Performance Framework

The Bureau administers part 7 of the Water Regulations 2008, which defines who must give specified water information to the Bureau. The Regulations also set when and in what format the information must be given.

Over 200 organisations must provide water information to the Bureau. Fewer than 75 of these are businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Water information given by organisations allows us to develop national intelligence on the current and future state of water across Australia. Our national datasets, reports, and forecasts help to inform policy, investment and operational decisions. They also support water reform and public confidence in Australia's water management.

Our metrics are in the table below. They were developed in consultation with a selection of relevant business and community groups.

Key Performance Indicator Metrics for the Bureau of Meteorology
1. Regulators do not unnecessarily impede the efficient operation of regulated entities Documented mechanisms in place to understand the operating environment of regulated entities, including use of feedback from existing complaint mechanisms and survey of the regulated entities.

Regular, ongoing review of policies, procedures and requirements, including through consultation and engagement with stakeholders, independent experts and industry associations.
2. Communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted and effective Advice and guidance is widely available to stakeholders, with feedback mechanisms in place to support and inform continuous improvement.

Feedback is sought from stakeholders on guidance and advice provided by the regulator via a wide range of mechanisms, including stakeholder surveys.
3. Actions undertaken by regulators are proportionate to the regulatory risk being managed Risk management policies and procedures are available to regulator staff and the public.

Compliance and enforcement strategies are published and are consistent with agreed risk management policies.
4. Compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and coordinated Demonstrated effort to reduce number and crossover of information requirements imposed on regulated entities.

Demonstrated effort to share and receive information among regulators, where appropriate.
5. Regulators are open and transparent in their dealings with regulated entities Responses to requests from regulated entities are provided within specified timeframes.

Demonstrated appropriate consultation with stakeholders prior to significant regulatory or policy changes.
6. Regulators actively contribute to the continuous improvement of regulatory frameworks Stakeholder events held regularly to inform the development and/or amendment of regulatory frameworks.

Documented procedures are in place to facilitate the flow of information between the regulator and policy departments.

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