Regulatory Impact Analysis Corrections Amendment Bill 2018

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Section 1: General information


The Department of Corrections is solely responsible for the analysis and advice set out in this Regulatory Impact Assessment, except as otherwise explicitly indicated.

This analysis and advice was developed in February 2018 for the purpose of informing key policy decisions to be taken by Cabinet.

It has been updated in June 2019 following the Justice Committee hearings to incorporate further analysis and information from submitters and officials. This includes the addition of three new proposals, (F), (N) and (S), and some changes to proposals (A), (B), (E), (L), (O),
and (P).

Key Limitations or Constraints on Analysis

Several of the amendments are required because legal clarity is needed or there is a legal risk resulting from the current legislation. The degree of legal risk, and the potential outcome from a successful challenge, is difficult to quantify. Because of this uncertainty, the Department has decided to err on the side of caution when assessing the appropriate option to address the relevant issues.

Other issues identified below are the result of anecdotal evidence rather than verified data. Again, this makes it difficult to assess the size of the issue, and therefore a proportionate response.

Responsible Manager

Eamon Coulter
General Manager - Policy
Department of Corrections

Date: July 2019