Regulatory stewardship is a responsibility of both regulatory policy and operational functions. It involves adopting a whole-of-system, lifecycle view of the quality of regulation and its implementation, and taking a proactive and collaborative approach to the monitoring and care of the regulatory systems.
This report details the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market as well as concerns around the quality of sustainability claims and the...
Introduction to special issue on being outdoors: challenging and celebrating diverse outdoor leisure embodiments and experiences
This special issue seeks to generate conversation about how to open up possibilities for how outdoor experiences and subjects are understood and undertaken. Outdoor experiences have largely been made exclusive through discourses that articulate narrow participatory borderlines and definitions. The authors hope through reading the...
Since 2019, the Secretaries Board has provided critical leadership and oversight to lift ambition for regulatory reform across the Australian Public Service (APS). Each Secretary reports on their regulatory reform agenda to Secretaries Board every six months, including key achievements and initiatives within their portfolios.
The market for responsible investments in New Zealand has continued to soar in popularity, increasing 28% in 2020 to $142 billion, according to this report, and responsible investment assets grew at more than twice the rate of overall professionally managed investments.
This working paper outlines the way in which the Environmental Defence Society are thinking about the New Zealand ocean management system. It identifies key biophysical problems and issues with the existing system, how it operates and considers various options for reforming the system in the...
This report details industry data on the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2020, and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market.
The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. This report assesses the policy requirements, the deployment and innovation needs, the necessary investments, the economic benefits and the wider implications for the world.
In a field which has traditionally relied heavily upon ‘on the job’ training and deep domain knowledge, what would a system-wide regulatory capability approach look like? How can we best equip regulators to operate effectively in the new normal and to see themselves as part...
This article explores the challenges New Zealand’s regulatory agencies face in operationalising regulatory stewardship, and provides some conceptual clarity that may aid these agencies in collaborating to develop and adopt the whole-of-system, life cycle view of regulation that is envisaged.
Australian corporates and financial institutions have an important role to play in facilitating a fair, timely and efficient transition to a net zero emissions economy – as stewards of assets, allocators of capital and as influential voices in public policy to make sure that the...
This annual report details the size, growth, depth and performance of the New Zealand responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2019 and compares these results with the broader New Zealand financial market.
This interim report suggests that the EPBC Act does not position the Commonwealth to protect the environment and Australia’s iconic places in the national interest. The operation of the Act is dated and inefficient, and it is not fit to manage current or future environmental...
Aboriginal people in New South Wales have been trying to strengthen the law that is supposed to protect their cultural heritage since the late 1970s, but reform remains elusive. This paper outlines some reasons why.
Referrals, assessments and approvals of controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s administration of referrals, assessments and approvals of controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Regulatory stewardship is a responsibility of government regulatory agencies. It involves them adopting a whole-of-system, lifecycle view of regulation, and taking a proactive, collaborative approach, to the monitoring and care of the regulatory system(s) within which they have policy or operational responsibilities.
COVID-19 shows that the health of people and the planet are one and the same. The planet has delivered its strongest warning to date that humanity must change. The UNEP believes it has a duty to help nations build back better after the pandemic to...
Tony McKenna from Skills NZ explains New Zealand’s journey to ‘regulatory stewardship’, including designing and are delivering an accredited learning and development framework fit for purpose and equipped for 21st century challenges.
This submission, prepared by Dr David Shearman and Professor Melissa Haswell, urges the EPBC Committee to recognise the full gravity of its task and to have the courage to take responsibility for completely transforming our environmental laws and regulations to enable them to protect the...
This plan complements and supports the implementation of better waste management plans by state and territory governments, local government, business and industry.
This research paper reflects on the long and often remarkable history of regulatory reform to lay out the main regulatory challenges of today, and explores how they can be best addressed in the future.
Much has been written about systems thinking and its potential application in public administration. However, to date there is no clear consensus about its key concepts or methods, and very little empirical evidence exists to guide system level stewardship practice for those working in government...
Secure shouldn’t mean secret: a call for public policy schools to share, support, and teach data stewardship
This white paper outlines the essential components of any secure facility, the pros and cons of four types of secure microdata facilities used for public policy research, the benefits of sharing tools and resources, and the importance of training. It concludes with a call on...
Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA): a method for implementing and valuing water stewardship activities
WRI and partners at Quantis, LimnoTech and Valuing Nature have developed a new approach for implementing and valuing water stewardship activities. The Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA) meets a critical need in corporate water stewardship: a common method for assessing the benefits of water stewardship...