Better Regulation Working Group

Co-Chair: Adam Gilligan, NSW EPA

Co-Chair: Kimberly Maiolo, EPA SA

Steering Committee Sponsor: Mark Rossiter VIC EPA

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Better Regulation Collaboration Page


The Better Regulation Working Group’s focus is regulatory theory and practice. Its members include operational, strategic, policy and other regulatory areas giving it a wide range of knowledge and experience to draw upon. The Group operates in a flexible way, with opportunities for officers from outside the Group to participate in Group projects.

Better Regulation Working Group's Terms of Reference 

  1. Develop products and tools to assist AELERT members to develop the attributes of a modern regulator (excluding those areas that fall within the remit of the Capacity Building and Legal Practice and Policy Working Groups).

  2. Update, as needed, the Modern Regulator Improvement Tool.

  3. Provide a platform for Group members to share experiences and ideas related to regulatory practice

Current Projects

Regulatory diagrams and design

Sharing AELERT member diagrams and visual aids that help communicate regulatory theory and practice. If your agency has a diagram or model that you use to communicate regulatory, compliance or enforcement activities that you are willing to share with AELERT members please contact the Group's Chair.     

Case studies on good regulatory practice from AELERT members

Promote and share examples of good regulatory practice from AELERT members, linked to the MRIT. If your agency has an example of good regulatory practice that you’d like to share as a case study contact the cluster Chair.

Regulatory practice and learning modules for regulators

Develop generic regulatory theory and practice learning modules for AELERT members to use or modify for staff training.  

Defining effective regulation

The Group is preparing a paper for the Steering Committee to define ‘effective regulation’. It is uncontroversial that regulators seek to be effective in carrying out their roles, but what does it mean to be effective as a regulator, especially when important stakeholders (such as the community or regulated industries) may have different views and expectations about the regulator?  

Measuring success

It is a perennial challenge for regulators to produce a compelling account of the work that they do and the value that they add. The Steering Committee has asked the Group to prepare a paper that proposes a best practice approach to measuring success for environmental regulators.  

Get involved

There’s lots of ways that you can benefit from our cluster or get involved with our cluster activities

  1. Use the products and tools – like the modern regulator improvement tool found on the AELERT website

  2. Join the Working Group

  3. Participate in a Working Group project – you don’t need to be a member of the Group to participate in a project.

  4. Nominate a project or initiative that you’d like to see the Better Regulation Working Group work on in the future.