Graduate Certificate in Regulation and Governance

Welcome to the Graduate Certificate in Regulation and Governance (CREGO). This is a unique graduate certificate program that aims to help individual professionals and organisations to understand and better navigate an environment where new forms of complexity, risk and technology are significantly increasing challenges for regulators.

This program prepares students to understand and apply key Australian and international ideas and approaches to effective regulation. It draws on the evidence-based research and the ‘big ideas’ in regulation for which RegNet is world famous and has been designed in collaboration with Access Canberra, the peak regulatory organisation in the Australian Capital Territory.

CREGO students join an education program at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) that draws on all of the strengths of the Australian National University. It offers an emphasis on interdisciplinary skills, an Australian and Asia-Pacific orientation, stimulating curriculum, master classes with distinguished practitioners, global networks and multiple career pathways.


Our teaching team includes an unparalleled group of researchers and regulatory practitioners with specialist knowledge of behaviour, construction and urban environments, crime, environment, health, justice and technology.

This graduate certificate is for people who are currently managing regulatory portfolios and projects in government agencies - or who will do so in future. It also supports professionals who work with regulatory stakeholders, including business and industry, Territory, State and Federal government agencies, the legislature, community actors and the media.

The program uses case studies, hands-on assessments and recognised examples of regulatory excellence from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia and the Pacific. It has a collaborative learning environment that draws on regulatory scholarship as well as the experience of different regulatory actors and course participants.

Themes in the program include regulatory complexity, risk assessment, responsiveness, contemporary regulatory concepts and instruments; the authorizing environment and working with stakeholders; compliance and enforcement; digital transformation of regulation and regulating after COVID-19.


Participating in this Graduate Certificate enables you to:

  • identify and define core ideas in contemporary regulation and compliance;
  • understand, at a more advanced level, the theories and evidence that inform regulatory practice;
  • develop and test new approaches to regulation and compliance suited for particular problems and contexts;
  • develop and present regulatory policy proposals. Over your course of study, you will aanalyze the role and influence of a diverse range of regulatory actors and interpret selected Australian and international case studies and apply these insights to everyday regulatory challenges in your workplace.

Everyone in the program has the opportunity to undertake training in quantitative and qualitative research techniques and data analysis customised for professional, evidence-based approaches to regulation and governance

The Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance requires completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

A minimum 18 units from completion of the following courses on Regulation and Governance:

Entry requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Applicants who do not hold a bachelor degree or an international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 may apply to admission based on:

(a) a minimum of 5 years’ work experience in a role that has responsibility for organization-level or public, private or NGO sector-wide regulatory system design and/or monitoring and compliance and/or enforcement (an employer statement of service and evidence of the work experience will be required); or

(b) a minimum of 10 years’ work experience in one or more roles at ANZSCO Skill Level 1. These roles need not relate directly to regulation and/or governance. Most occupations at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1)

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet