1. What is the Rules Development Framework?
    The Rules Development Framework is a step-by-step best practice guide to making and amending transport rules.

  2. Who should use the framework, and when?
    The framework is publicly accessible, but is designed primarily for officials in the Ministry, Maritime New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority and the NZ Transport Agency.

  3. Where can I find the framework?
    The framework is available on the Ministry of Transport website, at http://rules.transport.govt.nz(external link).

  4. Why is the framework on the Ministry of Transport website?
    The framework is on the Ministry website so that the public are able to see the steps involved in creating or amending a rule. This also makes it easy for the framework to be accessed by policy staff at transport Crown agencies (Maritime New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority and the NZ Transport Agency).

  5. What is a rule?
    Transport rules are a form of regulation. The Minister of Transport is able to make transport rules on issues covering land transport, civil aviation, maritime safety and marine protection issues.

    In general, transport rules govern the construction and maintenance of vessels, vehicles and aircraft, their operation and the licensing and certification of those who operate them or provide services in relation to their operation (including air traffic control and the creation of navigation routes).

  6. What rules are being amended?
    In 2015/16 the Government will progress 6 rule changes from 2014/15, and begin work on 12 new amendment projects. The 12 new rules on the 2015/16 programme include one civil aviation rule, two land transport rules and nine maritime safety and marine protection rules.

     The 2015/16 transport rules programme is available on the Ministry of Transport website.

  7. What does the framework contain?
    The framework splits the rule making process into five steps, providing tools and templates, recommended processes, and key team roles at each step.

  8. What are the five steps in making or amending a rule?

      1. Scoping - including issue and risk assessment

      2. Policy investigation - considering and testing potential interventions

      3. Rule development and consultation - creating a draft rule then testing this with stakeholders and public consultation

      4. Rule finalisation and signature - finalising the rule, gaining the Minister’s approval and signature

      5. Project close and handover - capturing feedback, beginning monitoring and evaluation of the rule’s “real world” impact.

  9. How can the public have input into a rule?
    A key part of the process for making or amending any rule is statutory consultation. This is covered in step three of the framework. Consultation is an opportunity for the public and industry to share their views about a particular rule before it is made. Information about draft rules will be on the relevant agency website (www.transport.govt.nz(external link), www.maritimenz.govt.nz(external link), www.caa.govt.nz(external link) or www.nzta.govt.nz(external link)).

  10. Who can I contact with my questions or feedback?
    Feedback on the Rules Development Framework can be sent to rulesprocess@transport.govt.nz. To provide feedback on specific rules, contact the policy team considering that rule.