The ANZSOG/National Regulators Community of Practice (NRCoP) has responded to restrictions on face-to-face events, with a series of webinars designed to keep regulators engaged and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fortnightly webinars have, and will continue to, provide opportunities for regulators across Australia, New Zealand and the world, to discuss and share critical issues relating to regulatory practice.
The third webinar in the NRCoP series on Learning to be better regulators: The G-Reg journey was held earlier this month. Hundreds of regulators learned about New Zealand’s world-leading regulatory qualifications, specifically in terms of its design, development, and delivery.
Watch the third webinar "Learning to be better regulators: The G-Reg journey" here:
Tony McKenna, Technical Programme Manager, Skills NZ, discussed a number of issues with facilitator Dr Grant Pink, RECAP Consultants and Pracademic Advisor to the NRCoP. This article provides some additional context around the issues discussed during the webinar, including:
G-Reg, as it is commonly known, is the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative, a network-based in Wellington of central and local government regulatory agencies established to lead and contribute to regulatory practice initiatives. G-Reg developed from the earlier Compliance Common Capability Programme (CCCP) which was also based in Wellington.
Other significant resources which now influence the regulatory landscape in New Zealand are:
The Regulatory institutions and practices (RIP) report, June 2014
Watching the birth of the regulatory profession (Manch, Mumford, Raj, and Wauchop, 2015)
In an article in Policy Quarterly, a free public policy journal from the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and the school of Government at Victoria University of Wellington, Manch et al noted that:
The Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-Reg)
The G-Reg initiative is based upon, and contributes to, three main pillars:
The New Zealand Certificate in Regulatory Compliance qualifications include five courses that span four levels. An overview of the five courses is outlined below.
Course: Core Knowledge (Level 3)
Target Audience: For everyone who works in, wants to work in, or is closely associated with a regulatory compliance organisation.
Course: Operational Knowledge (Level 4)
Target Audience: For those who are either preparing to carry out, or supporting others to carry out, frontline regulatory compliance work
Course: Operational Practice (Level 4)
Target Audience: For those who carry out regulatory compliance operational work
Course: Specialised Operational Practice (Level 5)
Target Audience: For those who carry out audits, inspections, investigations and/or operations as a senior regulatory compliance practitioner – operating independently and applying specialised knowledge
Course: Diploma in Regulatory Compliance Investigations (Level 6)
Target Audience: For those who lead, manage, and conduct complex investigations
Find additional information about the courses, including course topics and content here.
As evidenced by the questions asked at the webinar, regulators may want to think about what training and development of regulatory staff looks like for them, in their current and/or future operating context. These may be summarised as:
Building regulatory capability and capacity within and across regulatory agencies is a challenging undertaking. As such it is important for staff within regulatory agencies to recognise that they have more in common with each other (irrespective of regulated: commodities, sectors, or industries) than they have differences. Therefore, coming together as a community of practice to share experiences and learn from one another is a key part of regulators honing their regulatory practice and commitment to the regulatory profession.
The ANZSOG/NRCoP is a national regulator community of practice that supports building networks to allow regulators to learn from each other.
By Dr Grant Pink, Pracademic Advisor ANZSOG NRCoP, Managing Director RECAP Consultants