The National Regulators Community of Practice (NRCoP) is an active network of public sector regulators from all levels of government in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand and from every regulatory sector, professional background, role and level of seniority, who are keen to learn from and with each other.
Its objectives are to support participants to become more professional and capable regulators and to promote the public value and importance of regulation as a key function of government and thereby, to deliver better citizen outcomes.
The NRCoP also welcomes regulatory policy makers and others with a scholarly or professional interest in regulation but its primary focus is on inspiring, connecting and building the professionalism of practising regulators.
The NRCoP is a non-partisan community of practitioners which straddles two countries and all three levels of Australian government in support of the regulatory craft. As a consequence, the NRCoP cannot become a platform for dissemination and promotion of, or engagement with, the regulatory policy settings of individual governments. The NRCoP would lose its focus, credibility and support if it were seen by its practitioner subscribers to be captive to, or the mouthpiece of, a particular government’s approach.
The NRCoP is also not able to represent or speak for regulators in the design or implementation of regulatory policy settings. Governance committees (see below) are chosen for their individual knowledge, broad experience and enthusiasm to advance high quality regulation. The committees are not constituted to act as a representative body and have no mandate to do so.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the previous business model of the NRCoP, from July 2020 the NRCoP pivoted to a corporate membership model of funding. As of February 2021, 50 departments and regulatory agencies had accepted the invitation to become corporate members, making contributions of $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 (plus GST) depending on the number of their staff previously benefiting from NRCoP activities.
Although this change in the business model of the NRCoP was not planned, it has had a number of favourable consequences. These include increasing departments’ and regulatory agencies’ sense of ownership and engagement, redressing the historical dominance of Victoria, better matching the resources of the NRCoP to the growing appetite amongst regulators for its deliveries, and reducing its vulnerability to a single source of income (the annual paying forum in Melbourne).
Consequently it has been agreed between the NRCoP and ANZSOG that the corporate membership model will remain in place for as long as sufficient departments and regulatory agencies are willing to fund it.
The NRCoP is auspiced by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). ANZSOG is responsible for:
The NRCoP is governed by a Steering Group.
The role of the Steering Group is to:
The Steering Group is led by a Chair, appointed by ANZSOG. The role of the Chair is to:
The work of the Steering Group is supported by chapter committees which are part of the unified national governance structure of the NRCoP.
The person exercising leadership on behalf of the chapter shall be known as the ‘convenor’, to reduce any confusion with the Chair of the NRCoP.
The role of chapter committees is to:
The responsibilities of the convenor are to:
The Steering Group comprises the Chair, an academic advisor, a pracademic advisor, the ANZSOG staff supporting the NRCoP and at least three representatives from each of the chapter committees, including the convenor of each chapter. The committee may co-opt additional members as appropriate and desirable.
There is no fixed membership size for either the Steering Committee or chapter committees and no quorum is required for meetings. However, it is desirable that each committee have at least 12-15 members to ensure appropriate diversity, to facilitate adequate attendance at meetings and to cover vacancies.
Membership of the Steering Group or chapter committees is entirely voluntary and no sitting fees or out of pocket reimbursements are payable. The exception is where ANZSOG requests a Steering Group member to represent it and the NRCoP at any out of state face-to-face event, in which case all reasonable travel expenses will be covered.
Membership of the Steering Group and chapter committees should reflect the diversity of regulatory experience, sector and role as well as gender and other markers of demographic diversity
The Steering Group and each chapter committee should desirably include members from Commonwealth, State and local government regulators.
The term of office of all persons involved in NRCoP governance is 2 years in the first instance. The term of office may be extended by mutual consent between the individual and the NRCoP Steering Group or in the case of the Chair, between the individual and ANZSOG.
These terms of reference and operating procedures apply from 1/1/2020-31/12/2021.
They will be reviewed for relevance and effectiveness prior to expiry, in consultation with the Chair and NRCoP Steering Committee.