Who we are 

The National Regulators Community of Practice (NRCoP) is an active network of public sector regulatory practitioners from Commonwealth and State/Territory agencies and local governments who are keen to learn from and with each other to deliver better citizen outcomes.

Where we've come from 

The NRCoP began in Victoria as an informal network of practising regulators who had participated in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s (ANZSOG) workshop on Managing Regulation, Enforcement and Compliance led by Harvard Kennedy School Professor Malcolm Sparrow.

After four years of more formal operation as a Victorian community of practice under the joint auspice of ANZSOG and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), the community of practice has now attracted so much interest from outside Victoria that it has expanded to new self-generating chapters and will continue to do so. 

At the current time due to its history and ongoing connection to ANZSOG, the NRCoP is physically based in Victoria, has a majority of Victorian members on its steering group and holds its annual paying forum in that city. As the NRCoP grows and expands, a separate Victorian steering group will be established.

What we offer

The community of practice offers members:

  • Access to free events around Australia
  • Capacity to make links and seek wise advice from your fellow regulators
  • The opportunity to shape a community of practice in your state or territory which responds to your distinctive practice interests and learning needs
  • A convenient, curated link to international and national portals for regulatory research and scholarship
  • Resources and presentations from community of practice events
  • Useful material posted by regulators to engage and support other regulators.

Anyone working in, or with an interest in regulation can join the community of practice. Access is free and unrestricted.

ANZSOG supports the NRCoP by:

  • Providing access to its international and trans Tasman network of leading regulatory scholars, public intellectual and practitioners
  • Bringing its professional expertise in event organization to NRCoP initiatives
  • Hosting an active and up to date webpage on its website with a range of resources of interest to Australian regulators
  • Utilising ANZSOG’s resources to support the annual paying forum in terms of programming (in conjunction with the Steering Group), communications, administration, evaluation and finances
  • Making available the proceeds of the forum to support NRCoP activities across Australia throughout the year.

ANZSOG benefits from its investment in the NRCoP through exposure of its brand and offerings to audiences of regulators and by the opportunity to communicate through NRCoP channels.