The National Regulators Community of Practice (NRCoP) is an active network of public sector regulators from all three levels of government 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 supported financially and logistically by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). ANZSOG is responsible for:

  • Providing access to its international and trans-Tasman network of leading regulatory scholars, public intellectuals and senior practitioners.
  • Bringing its professional expertise in specifying, curating, promoting, delivering and evaluating learning events to the NRCoP.
  • Conducting an annual survey of NRCoP participants in order to gauge the contemporary and high profile issues of importance to practising regulators.
  • Evaluating and reporting the impact of the NRCoP.
  • Building and maintaining a knowledge base for practising regulators, including resources from previous events and access to reports of interest and relevance to Australian regulators.
  • Building and maintaining a confidential, up to date database of NRCoP participants.
  • Utilising ANZSOG’s curatorial, pedagogic, logistical and communications expertise to design and support an annual paying forum and making the proceeds of the forum available to support free NRCoP activities throughout the year.
  • Providing the secretariat to the NRCoP.

The NRCoP is governed by a Steering Group. The role of the Steering Group is to:

  • Bring members’ regulatory expertise and enthusiasm to the task of turning the vision of the NRCoP into concrete activities that advance regulatory professionalism and inspire, connect and motivate practising regulators.
  • Individually and collectively act as ambassadors for the NRCoP, encouraging their regulatory colleagues to engage with NRCoP activities in their jurisdiction as well as the annual forum.
  • Advise on a program of free learning and/or continuing professional development events for regulators across all the jurisdictions which are part of the NRCoP, responsive to the priority issues raised by participants in the annual survey.
  • Support ANZSOG in designing a thought-provoking, timely and effective program for the annual forum.
  • Attend, facilitate and/or present at events themselves as appropriate.
  • Advise on membership of the NRCoP’s chapter committees and from time to time on new members of the Steering Group, in consultation with ANZSOG and where appropriate with the relevant chapter.
  • Attend Steering Group meetings (3-4 per annum) in person or by teleconference and respond to out of session issues raised via email by ANZSOG and other Steering group members.

The Steering Group is led by a Chair, appointed by ANZSOG. The role of the Chair is to:

  • Convene and chair the meetings of the Steering Group.
  • Act as the face of, and a principal source of authority for, the NRCoP in all external dealings.
  • Work closely with ANZSOG in the exercise of ANZSOG’s responsibilities on behalf of the NRCoP.
  • Lead the process of appointments to the Steering Group and chapter committees and the appointment or removal of chapter convenors, consistent with the attached terms of reference and desiderata for Steering Group and committee membership.
  • Provide an authoritative source of advice on NRCoP priorities, current developments in regulatory practice around Australia and the NRCoP’s governance and operating procedures.

The work of the Steering Group is supported by chapter committees which are part of the unified national governance structure of the NRCoP.

The role of chapter committees is to:

  • Provide representatives to the NRCoP Steering Group, at a minimum the chapter convenor and one other.
  • Utilise their networks to locate and profile innovative regulatory practices, programs and experiences from which other regulators across Australia can learn; and bring these to the attention of the Steering Group.
  • Help build enthusiasm, engagement and momentum for the NRCoP through their agencies and networks, and lead by example in attending and promoting NRCoP events in their jurisdiction and the annual forum in Melbourne.
  • If they so wish, identify and implement opportunities for small, informal chapter-specific activities which do not duplicate the NRCoP or lead to confusion on the part of participants. Possible examples include offering:
  • A safe space for practising regulators to test out work in progress to a small, constructive audience of their peers;
  • A sounding board for committee members around organisational, strategic or operational issues.
  • Attend committee meetings (3-4 per annum) in person or by teleconference and respond to out of session issues raised through email.

The responsibilities of the chapter convenor are to:

  • Report regularly to the Steering Group on chapter activities and issues emerging from local regulators of interest to others across the network.
  • Ensure prompt, comprehensive two-way communication between the chapter committee, ANZSOG and the Steering Group.
  • Convene and preside over 3-4 committee meetings per annum, timed on the day of NRCoP events to encourage committee members’ attendance at events and to facilitate engagement between the chapter committee and ANZSOG.
  • Work closely with ANZSOG and the NRCoP Steering Group in relation to appointments to the committee consequent upon vacancies.
  • Lead or coordinate development and delivery of any chapter-specific activities. 
  • The Chair of the NRCoP Steering Group and ANZSOG have sole authority to enter into agreements or relationships on behalf of the NRCoP, or commit ANZSOG and/or the NRCoP to particular actions, or indicate endorsement of any proposal, policy or recommendation.
  • The NRCoP Steering Group recommends appointments to vacancies on the Steering Group in consultation with ANZSOG, and to chapter committees, in consultation with both ANZSOG and the chapter.
  • Appointment to the Steering Group and chapter committees is by formal letter drafted by ANZSOG and signed off by chapter sponsors or, in the case of Victoria, by the Chair of the NRCoP Steering Group. It is ANZSOG’s responsibility to ensure an up to date list of Steering Group, chapter convenors and chapter committee members is placed on the NRCoP webpage alongside these terms of reference.
  • The chair of the NRCoP has sole authority to appoint and remove convenors of chapter committees.
  • Having consulted as appropriate with the members of the Steering Group, ANZSOG has sole authority to appoint and remove the Chair of the NRCoP Steering Group.

The Steering Group comprises the Chair, ANZSOG, an academic advisor, a pracademic advisor and at least two representatives from each of the chapter committees, including the convenor of each chapter. The Steering Group may co-opt additional members as appropriate and desirable.

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 out-of-state events, in which case all reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

Membership of the Steering Group and chapter committees 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 include members from Commonwealth and State Government regulators and if possible, local government.

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 Group.