School’s in for summer as PM&C launches red tape MOOC

A training course in the wonky art of regulatory impact analysis — through the frame of the federal government’s war on red tape — is now open to anybody, free of charge.

The launch of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s first massive, open, online course (MOOC) has been expected since June when the course provider, OpenLearning, excitedly announced it had won the contract.

The course, entitled How good policy is made: The Australian Government guide to regulation with rigour, is now live.

The MOOC is teaching a skill mostly relevant to federal public servants, who have been working to new regulatory guidelines introduced by the government in its Cutting Red Tape program before the course was developed. However, it can be altered for specific regulatory policies in other jurisdictions in Australia and overseas, and offer different content to specific groups of users.

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