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ANZSOG and APO launch new Regulation Collection

25 May 2020

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By Penelope Aitken (Collections Editor, APO) & Monica Pfeffer (Director of Practitioner Engagement, ANZSOG)

ANZSOG and the Analysis & Policy Observatory have launched a new Regulation Policy & Practice Collection and a free monthly newsletter to put a range of resources into the hands of regulators across Australia and New Zealand.

‘One fish asks another fish, ‘how’s the water?’. The other fish replies, ‘what’s water?’.

Regulation is so ubiquitous we take it for granted. Virtually every aspect of our lives is regulated: the air we breathe, the time of day on our watches or phones, the houses and streets we live in, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the shops we visit and the money or credit cards we use in them, through to our workplaces and family relationships.

When it works seamlessly, regulation promotes trust and allows us to carry on our lives oblivious to regulatory policymaking and the implementation work of countless regulatory agencies. Regulation attracts the attention of the wrong sort under two circumstances: when clumsiness or overreach, or unjustified burden, result in calls for ‘red tape reduction’; and conversely, when there are major regulatory failures (recent examples include banks, aged care and building cladding) and the cry of ‘asleep at the wheel’ is heard.

ANZSOG has long been committed to advancing the craft of effective, evidence-based regulation. One dimension of this commitment has been supporting a National Regulators Community of Practice (NRCoP), which brings together more than 4000 practicing regulators and regulatory policymakers from every level of government, sector and role.

The NRCoP has now joined with APO to bring curated, high quality, influential regulation policy and practice resources to its members. A special-purpose collection drawing on APO’s existing resource library and more which will be added over time, the Regulation Policy and Practice Collection is designed for regulators in Australia and New Zealand to learn from and with each other. Resources in the Collection represent the work of national, local, state and territory Australasian governments, regulatory agencies and external institutions conducting monitoring, inquiries and reviews, as well as from international bodies such as the OECD, the World Bank and more. NRCoP members will receive a monthly newsletter produced in partnership with APO. New content is drawn from the Collection and complemented by an article written by an experienced regulator. The Regulation Policy & Practice Collection and Newsletter is an excellent example of how important content can be applied to practical use. APO is a trusted source of curated policy content and ANZSOG brings world-class education, research, networks and thought leadership to public managers to deliver better government and better outcomes.

It further establishes ANZSOG’s relationship with the APO, which already sees ANZSOG support the First Peoples & Public Policy collection

Subscribe to the Regulation Policy & Practice Monthly newsletter at ANZSOG
Browse the Regulation Policy & Practice Collection on APO