In 2008, central and local government regulators began working to improve the professionalisation of regulatory practice in New Zealand. In 2014, the Productivity Commission released its report ‘Regulatory Institutions and Practices’. Many of the issues identified by the Commission had a regulatory practice component. The Commission acknowledged the work already underway and made a set of recommendations designed to build on that work. The government then released its response to the report in 2015.
There were four areas of response which were: stronger ownership and leadership from the centre, greater focus on improving the quality of legislation, greater professionalisation of the regulatory workforce, and review and evaluation.
As part of the response, the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative was tasked with leading one of the four work streams around professionalisation of the workforce.