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Frequently asked questions

What is the Business Cost Calculator?

The Business Cost Calculator is an IT-based tool developed by the Australian Government to calculate the business compliance costs of regulatory proposals. It calculates costs faced by business, using an activity-based costing model.

What are compliance costs?

Compliance costs are the direct additional costs businesses face to comply with government regulations. They include administrative and other compliance costs, for example equipment purchases and the development of new information technology and reporting systems.

When do I need to use the Business Cost Calculator?

You need to use the Business Cost Calculator when a regulatory proposal may result in medium-level compliance costs.

This is a 'must do' under the Australian Government's best practice regulation requirements.

You don't have to use the Business Cost Calculator. You could use some other method / tool that the Office of Best Practice has approved.

For proposals that might have a significant impact on business, individuals and / or the economy (whether in compliance costs or other impacts), you must undertake a more detailed analysis and document it in a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). If the impacts include medium or significant compliance costs, you need to include the compliance cost estimates in the RIS.

If you are using the BCC as part of preparing RIS or require assistance on the BCC, you can contact the OBPR at

What is a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)?

A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) is a document detailing:

  • the regulatory impact assessment process, including the problem requiring government intervention
  • the proposed regulation and alternative regulations
  • the effects of the different options
  • consultation with stakeholders.

It is usually prepared by the department, agency, statutory authority or board responsible for a regulatory proposal, following consultation with affected parties.

You must create an RIS for:

  • all reviews of existing regulations
  • regulatory proposals or amendments
  • proposed treaties involving a regulation that directly affects business, significantly affects business indirectly or restricts competition.

When undertaking an RIS, you should include sections that assess the impact of each option on business compliance costs and the paperwork burden.

If you're from a government department or agency, see more RIS information on and / or contact the Office of Best Practice Regulation for help with the process.

Where do I get information on compliance costs?

You can find out information from industry associations, government bodies (for example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics), and specialist sources such as the Workplace Authority.

Talk with the various stakeholders to check on assessment costs and find out information that's not available anywhere else.

Important! You need to record where you found the information and the assumptions made. This information will be looked at when your proposal is being assessed.

Enter this information into the 'Supporting evidence' field in the Option form of the Business Cost Calculator.

What supporting evidence should I use?

The Business Cost Calculator lets you add evidence that supports your compliance cost estimates. Supporting evidence may include surveys, discussion papers, research reports and so on.

By including this information, you make sure your compliance cost estimates are transparent and reliable.

Important!! Always reference your sources and make clear any assumptions that have been made either by you or by the sourced information.

What if I'm not sure about certain information?

The Business Cost Calculator lets you choose different levels of certainty for compliance cost information you provide. The level of certainty shows how accurate, reliable and relevant your supporting evidence is and / or the assumptions you made.

Choosing 'High' shows the supporting evidence you provide is comprehensive and relevant to the information you've added. 'Low' shows the supporting evidence may not be accurate or available.