While competition regulators are wary of the potential for some occupational and professional licensing schemes to erect excessive barriers against entry, Australia has a lengthy history of regulation in this area as a critical means to protect consumers. Requiring qualifications to call oneself a surgeon, surveyor, chaplain, lawyer or school master turns out to date back to the very earliest days of the colonies, followed over the decades by numerous other groups. Registration, licensing and accreditation schemes are a common feature of today’s regulatory frameworks but the regulatory practices of assessing applications, auditing and discipline can be both complex and contested.

How dizzyingly fast the co/de/regulation pendulum has been swinging of late! Whether it be the array of building and construction professionals under fierce scrutiny because of cladding and other failures in high-rise apartments, or the COVID 19-driven pressures on AHPRA for fast-tracking registration of health professionals, or the ongoing conversation about balancing natural justice for professionals with protecting consumers, there couldn’t be a better time for this important discussion.

This webinar features:

Bronwyn Weir, Managing Director, Weir Legal and Consulting Pty Ltd

Bronwyn has been a lawyer for more than 20 years. She established Weir Legal and Consulting Pty Ltd after working for several years as a senior partner in a large law firm. Bronwyn advises regulators on regulatory practice, enforcement and compliance matters. Bronwyn was co-appointed with Professor Peter Shergold by the Building Ministers Forum to make recommendations on a national best practice approach to regulation of the building sector. This work was commissioned shortly after the London Grenfell Tower fire. The appointment reflects Bronwyn’s in-depth knowledge of building regulation but also her work advising regulators on enhancing regulatory practice by operationalising risk-based decision-making.

Roxane Marcelle-Shaw, CEO, NSW Professional Standards Authority

Roxane Marcelle-Shaw, convenor of the NSW chapter of the NRCoP, leads the Professional Standards Authority as a regulator and service provider on behalf of the Professional Standards Councils to improve professional standards and practices, and protect consumers of professional services across Australia. Ms Marcelle-Shaw is an experienced risk-based regulator with expertise in performance, human rights and protective jurisdictions, developed through a variety of executive roles in the ACT, Commonwealth and NSW public sectors. Prior to joining the PSC, Ms Marcelle-Shaw was the Director of Investigation and Reporting and Chief Audit Executive for the NSW Information and Privacy Commission.

Jane Eldridge, State Manager NSW, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Jane Eldridge, a new member of the NRCoP’s NSW chapter, is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) State Manager for New South Wales – role she has held since 2018. Beginning professional life as a nurse and midwife, Ms Eldridge has previously worked for the Medical Defence Union and Avant- one of Australia’s leading medical indemnity insurance providers. Ms Eldridge has also worked as a legal practitioner at the Australian Medical Association (NSW) and the Medical Council of NSW. Ms Eldridge is also a strong advocate for the prevention of melanoma and is actively involved with a non-profit which makes breast cushions for women and men who undergo breast surgery for breast cancer.

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