Building regulatory capability and capacity within and across regulatory agencies is a challenging undertaking. As such it is important for staff within regulatory agencies to recognise that they have more in common with each other (irrespective of regulated: commodities, sectors, or industries) than they have differences. Therefore coming together, as a community of practice, to share experiences and learn from one another is a key part of regulators honing their regulatory practice and commitment to the regulatory profession.
G-Reg, as it is commonly known, is the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative, a network-based in Wellington of central and local government regulatory agencies established to lead and contribute to regulatory practice initiatives.
This article summarises a presentation about New Zealand's current approach to regulatory leadership, culture and capability and provides links to several seminal resources that led to the development of G-Reg today.