Capacity Building Working Group

IMG 0278Chair: Daniel Walters, Environment Protection Policy, ACT

Steering Committee Sponsor: Claire AndersonQLD Department of Environment and Science

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Capacity Building Collaboration Page

The Capacity Building Working Group coordinates a range of training programs and initiatives, including the National Competency and Training Standards project, shared learning resources and the Professional Development & Training Program (an initiative led by NSW EPA).

Regulatory Officer Capability Framework

It was identified that there was no cross jurisdictional or central information available that captured training and skill requirements across the spectrum of regulatory officers. The Regulatory Officer Capability Framework has been developed by the AELERT Capacity Building Working Group to address this need.

The Regulatory Officer Capability Framework captures the core capabilities and skill sets required of regulatory officers from new starters through to managers and executives in regulatory agencies.

The tool provides regulatory agencies with common language to describe the skills, knowledge and attributes that are critical to building regulatory capability across the various proficiencies.

It allows for greater capacity for professional development through access to common resources, as well as greater mobility for regulatory professionals across the sector by promoting transferrable skills.

The tool is able to be utilised regardless of the regulatory profession. It aims to assist agencies with improved workforce planning and achievement of regulatory objectives. Individual officers can also use it to identify their own training needs in order to achieve career advancement and engage in continuous professional development opportunities.


Five core capabilities were identified, each with underpinning skills sets and behavioural indicators relevant to that capability. The skill sets are then divided into five capability levels, from foundational through to highly advanced, to reflect the varying level of knowledge and skills required depending on the role of the regulatory officer. Under this Framework, an officer is expected to possess all the behavioural indicators for one capability level before progressing onto the next level, i.e. behavioural indicators have cumulative requirements.

Below are the five core Capabilities and their underpinning skill sets:


  • Undertaking Regulatory practice 
  • Applying regulatory powers
  • Regulatory tools
  • Note-taking and record-keeping


  • Communication and stakeholder engagement


  • Undertake inspections
  • Assess and act on non-compliance
  • Ensure compliance with legislation


  • Plan, undertake and finalise investigations
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Gather and manage evidence
  • Give evidence


  • Work health and safety

This tool complements aspects of the Modern Regulator Improvement Tool (MRIT), which was developed by the AELERT Better Regulation Working Group. While the MRIT has a more strategic focus, the Regulatory Officer Capability Framework focuses primarily at an operational level.


Framework Infographic

13 Capabilities (you are required to be an AELERT Member to access these documents)


PowerPoint Presentation about the project, presented at the 2018 AELERT Conference.


IMG 0397Professional Development & Training Program

The Professional Development and Training Program is an initiative of NSW EPA.

This program coordinates and delivers a suite of accredited and non-accredited courses that are open to environmental regulatory practitioners.

For further information or enquiries about the Professional Development & Training Program please visit the PDT website (external link).