Better Regulation Cluster

Chair: Meaghan Burkett, Senior Team Leader for Compliance Strategy and Audit, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage 

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Better Regulation Cluster
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The Better Regulation Cluster’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 Cluster operates in a flexible way, with opportunities for officers from outside the Cluster to participate in Cluster projects.

Better Regulation Cluster 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 Clusters).

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

  3. Provide a platform for cluster 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 cluster 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 Cluster 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 Cluster 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 cluster

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

  4. Nominate a cluster project or initiative that you’d like to see the better regulation cluster work on in the future.