The RIS categories at a glance

  When is it used? What must it contain?
Long Form

  • The policy proposal has substantial or widespread impact on the economy.
  • The proposed changes affect a large number of businesses, community organisations or individuals.
  • The administrative and compliance costs are high or onerous.
  • There may be determined opposition among stakeholders or the public.
  • The issue is sensitive, contested and may attract media attention.

  • Answers to all seven RIS questions.
  • Analysis of genuine and practical policy options.
  • Analysis of the likely regulatory impact.
  • Evidence of appropriate public consultation.
  • A formal cost–benefit analysis.
  • A detailed presentation of regulatory costings and offsets.
Standard form

  • The policy proposal has measurable but contained impact on the economy.
  • The proposed changes affect a relatively small number of businesses, community organisations and individuals.
  • The administrative and compliance costs are measurable but not onerous.
  • There is unlikely to be vigorous opposition among stakeholders or the public.
  • The issue is uncontroversial and unlikely to attract media attention.

  • Answers to all seven RIS questions.
  • Analysis of genuine and practical policy options.
  • Analysis of the likely regulatory impact.
  • Evidence of appropriate public consultation.
  • A detailed presentation of regulatory costings and offsets.
Short Form

  • The policy issues are simple, clear cut or policy alternatives limited.
  • The policy is a matter of national security, public safety, natural disaster or pressing event.
  • The regulatory impact of the policy is of lower priority than some other factor.
  • A RIS has recently been completed and only minor modifications have been made to the original policy options under consideration.
  • The proposal is non-regulatory, minor or machinery in nature.

The Short Form RIS option is only available for matters to be considered by Cabinet.


  • A summary of the proposed policy and any options considered.
  • An overview of likely impacts.
  • An outline of regulatory costs and cost offsets.