We aim to build up organisation’s capability by working to improve regulatory practice, regulatory leadership, regulatory culture, and workforce capability.
Having a common language across the public sector will make it simpler for agencies to work together, as their people will have shared ways of operating with transferable skills and qualifications. It contributes towards building a stronger, professional community of regulators.
For example, one of G-REG’s unique features is that it joins up local and central government in a way never seen before. It is these types of benefits which contribute towards G-REG’s aim of improving professionalisation of the regulatory workforce, through government working closer together.
G-REG focuses on developing people capability, organisational capability, and a professional community of practice. G-REG continues the qualifications work of its predecessor group, and also implements the recommendations of the Productivity Commission, who reported in 2014 on the need “to build on the hard work and dedication of those individuals who see the practice of being a regulator as important, and who have sought to improve the capability of regulatory agencies and those that work within them.”
Both the vision of and the need for an improved regulatory community was based on a longer running view across central and local government, expressed by CCCP, the Productivity Commission, and later G-REG, that there was a need to focus on people and organisations across the public service to professionalise and strengthen the regulatory community. It wasn’t enough on its own to get the policy and quality of regulation right: implementing it also needed to work well operationally. That way, the policies could become more effective.
G-REG leads in the promotion of qualifications focusing on regulation as [New Zealand’s first] transferrable tertiary qualifications across government, to recognise the professional nature of what people in the public service working in regulation already possess and to provide them with additional levels to aspire to. Other professions (such as lawyers, accountants and surveyors) had this infrastructure already. It was time to do the same for the important role of the regulator, right across government. A common currency of qualifications in the public sector would make it easier for agencies to work together, when their people have common ways of operating and transferable skills and qualifications. People and businesses would come to understand what to expect from government regulators as a whole. Adding workshops, the publication of articles to share knowledge, conferences and the establishment of academic leadership through a Chair in Regulatory Practice provides all the componentry for a recognised ‘profession’.
That’s why G-REG has become a unique and leading network for all regulators in the public sector, in central and local government, because it promotes the qualifications and in doing so brings the regulatory sector together.
Again, we believe this is the first network of its kind and, in any event, the biggest, in the world.
But that’s not all. G-REG has unified and professionalised the regulators of New Zealand and made the sector more aware of itself, by bringing it together through a series of workshops, in highly successful annual conferences, articles in industry journals, and intellectual credibility by establishing a Chair of Regulatory Practice at Victoria University of Wellington. Collectively this represents the development of a professional community of regulatory professionals. In short : better together.