Building regulatory capability: IPAA seeks guide feedback

A new report from IPAA explains benchmarks in preparing individuals for delivering effective and efficient regulatory outcomes. What makes a model employee?

What makes a good regulator professional? The Institute of Public Administration Australia has tackled the model employee in the government regulation environment in a new guide for building capability in regulatory outcomes released in draft form today. The third tranche of IPAA’s professional capability standards series follows earlier guidance on policy and procurement.

With the public services across the country under pressure to build professional capability, the IPAA series is now tackling how a regulator can build its employee capability across the three stages of government regulation: make, operate and review.

These public sector regulatory professionals may have extensive practical experience in their field of regulation, but many will come from diverse backgrounds outside the field of their agency including law enforcement, legal practice, economics, accounting, science and other technical disciplines, the report says. The breadth of their work will include strategic planning, development of frameworks and systems and programs design and implementation:

“Depending on the size and scope of the regulator, there is likely to be a multiple number of regulatory professionals undertaking this work. Indeed, the number and complexity of processes required within a regulatory program means that a regulatory professional is more than likely to be working in a component part of the regulatory process rather than having a focus on the end to end process.

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