Master of Regulation and Governance

Regulation is pervasive: we encounter it in the everyday questions such as how to manage household waste through to the problem of governing contaminated sites at home and internationally, where no-one wants to ‘own’ the problem.

We experience it personally when we make choices about how to care for vulnerable people – our children or our elderly relatives – and at a national level when care facilities are exposed as harmful.

How do we tackle questions of risk, safety, access and equity, national security and social wellbeing in ways that are effective, legitimate and fair?

The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) is a unique degree that equips students with the knowledge and skills to navigate environments where complexity, risk, and transformative technologies are reshaping the ways in which we govern and regulate.

Why choose this degree?

20+ years’ experience in Regulation and Governance

For the last 20 years, the School of Regulation and Governance (RegNet)’s interdisciplinary scholars have focused on improving the regulation and governance of major social, justice, environmental, economic and health issues. The Master of Regulation and Governance draws on deep empirical scholarship and policy experience whilst offering students a comprehensive and holistic view of contemporary social problems.

Unparalleled academic expertise

The School of Regulation and Governance (RegNet) is home to world renowned researchers and regulatory practitioners who have produced many of the ground breaking and data-informed ideas that drive much of the contemporary regulatory governance in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and globally.

Strong connections with regulators and hands-on experience tackling real world problems (Regulation and Governance Clinic)

The Regulation and Governance Clinic, the first of its kind within Australia, offers students the opportunity to partner with regulators from local state or federal government, private business or not-for-profit organizations who manage pressing regulatory challenges. Over the course of approximately 12 weeks, students will have the opportunity to work alongside professional regulators and policymakers to generate key inputs that will help determine the solutions implemented.

Asia and the Pacific Focus

The School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) has a strong focus on Asia and the Pacific – the region which increasingly shapes the strategic, political and economic direction of our world. The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) has elective courses and case studies from Asia and the Pacific, taught by experts who share their deep understanding of practical challenges in regulation and governance within the region.

Innovation through Interdisciplinary Engagement

This Master’s program will expose students to emerging fields of regulation and governance, including the intersection of technology and regulation; the challenge of regulating global business; Indigenous governance; environmental governance; the regulatory rise of Asia; and geo-economics.


As a student of the Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) you will benefit from having a close collegial relationship with a community of leading interdisciplinary scholars and access to a longstanding global network of alumni, practitioners and researchers with rich and diverse experience.

The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) is designed to lead into – or enhance – careers in regulatory policy and governance and compliance system design, whether locally, nationally and within Asia and the Pacific. Graduates from this program will be working in - or will join government or private sector organisations charged with designing and applying regulatory policy solutions to pressing social problems, often in partnership with diverse stakeholders.

Relevant employers include (but are not limited to):

  • Commonwealth and State Departments dealing with justice, environment, families, housing, Indigenous Australians;
  • Federal and State-level regulatory policy units (e.g. Behavioural Insight and Better Regulation);
  • Compliance and Enforcement offices in fields such as environment, health, and worker and consumer safety;
  • Policing and corrections institutions;
  • Multilateral organisations;
  • NGOs and advocacy organisations;
  • International development programs delivering governance reform projects.


The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) comprises 72 units: 36 units of compulsory courses covering theory, research skills and applied master classes, and a maximum of 36 units of electives.

Core courses provide students with a foundational understanding of the concepts, processes, institutions and practice of regulation and governance.

Elective courses provide case-studies, simulations and clinics which focus on topics such as climate, crime, environment, the economy, health, Indigenous Australia, justice, safety, technology and urban design.

All the courses are interactive and analyse how regulation is created, including by whom and for what purpose, with an emphasis on how to better anticipate new governance challenges and to deliver fair and equitable social outcomes. It draws on the evidence-based research and the ‘big ideas’ in regulation and governance for which the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)’s academics are world famous.


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