Chair: Daniel Walters, Environment Protection Policy, ACT
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The Capacity Building Cluster 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).
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 Cluster 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:
1. REGULATORY PRACTICE
2. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
4. BASIC INVESTIGATIONS
5. HEALTH AND SAFETY
This tool complements aspects of the Modern Regulator Improvement Tool (MRIT), which was developed by the AELERT Better Regulation Cluster. While the MRIT has a more strategic focus, the Regulatory Officer Capability Framework focuses primarily at an operational level.
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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) or contact Amiette Wakenshaw (NSW OEH) on (02) 9995 5520 or via email.