APSC on the hunt for expert to build regulatory-training pilot

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday February 15, 2021

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The government is looking for legal professionals who can help boost regulatory capability across the Australian Public Service.

In a request for tender published on Friday, the Australian Public Service Commission said it was seeking expert services to create and pilot an approach that can build foundational regulatory capability across the APS in an engaging, scalable and flexible way.

“An external supplier is required to design and develop, in consultation with the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), subject matter experts and relevant departments, a suite of offerings that will build capability in the principal foundations of regulatory practice within the APS,” it said.

The government announced an APS regulatory training pilot in the 2020-2021 Budget, as part of the JobMaker ‘deregulation package’ to build APS regulator capability.

Tender documents note the initiative is part of a broader program to build and embed best practice regulator performance, capability and culture, “ensuring commonwealth regulation is implemented and administered with the lightest touch while maintaining essential safeguards”.

The APSC said tender respondents must be a legal entity. They’re also required to have experience in designing and delivering: learning content based on legal and regulatory frameworks; and blended, modular learning programs.

Their solution must be capable of catering to multiple regulatory contexts across the APS, as well as to individuals with varying existing knowledge and regardless of location.

The solution will be piloted using a minimum of 100 participants from a range of agencies, the APSC said. The pilot is expected to begin in June.

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