OECD NCP Peer Review

The AusNCP will undergo an OECD Peer Review in September 2021, with the final report to be published in 2022.

Submissions to the AusNCP’s OECD Peer Review survey are now closed.

Thank you to all the stakeholders who provided feedback.

We will be in contact with more details for those who registered their interest to participate in a session with the Review Panel in September.

What is an NCP Peer Review?

Peer reviews are a tool used to examine one country’s performance or practices by representatives of other countries. The goal of a peer review is to help the reviewed country improve its policy-making and comply with established standards and principles.

All NCP reviews follow a standard format. The objectives are to assess that the functioning of the NCPs against the OECD’s Implementation Procedures (OECD Guidelines, page 65); identify the NCP’s strengths and positive results as well as any gaps and possibilities for improvement; and serve as a learning tool for reviewed and participating NCPs.

According to the OECD, Peer Reviews are not fact-finding missions or reporting and data collection, but characterised by dialogue, interactive discussion and voluntary participation. They are not an independent audit and are designed to assist the NCP in learning from peers to fulfil its mandate, therefore the NCP participates throughout the process.

Who is on the Review Panel?

Australia’s Review Panel Members are currently NCP’s from New Zealand, Italy and Sweden.

The OECD Secretariat organises and coordinates the Peer Review Panel with the NCP under review. It also contributes during feedback sessions and prepares the peer review report.

Stakeholder feedback and the Peer Review Report

Input from stakeholders is very important in demonstrating how an NCP functions in practice with respect to criteria and principals set in the OECD Procedural Guidance (OECD Guidelines, page 78). These include the OECD’s core criteria for functional equivalence (NCPs are visible, accountable, transparent, compatible with the Guidelines); and principles for handling complaints.

The report is publicly released by the OECD and will also be published on the AusNCP website (visit our Contact Us page to subscribe). A list of stakeholder organisations present at the virtual sessions and submitting responses to the questionnaire is included in the final peer review report. However, comments in the report are not attributed to specific individuals or organisations.

Examples of other NCP Peer Review Reports can be found on the OECD Guidelines website.