Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance

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Keen to pursue a career in regulation? Interested in reskilling and upskilling? Want to connect with world-class researchers on contemporary thinking in regulation and governance?

The Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance (CREGO) prepares students to understand and apply key Australian and international ideas and approaches to effective regulation. The program gives you the opportunity to connect with current regulatory thinking and the experiments in regulatory governance through real world examples that has been carried out throughout Australia and the region.

Why choose this degree?

This unique program aims to help professionals and organisations to understand and better navigate an environment where new forms of complexity, risk and technology are significantly increasing challenges for regulators. 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.

This program will be delivered a multi-modal format, both in person and online.

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What our students are saying:

“I have really enjoyed studying the “The policy and practice of Regulation” course of the Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance.

I have found that this complements my professional experience, and I have found that I can directly apply what I have learnt at the ANU to my everyday practice.

The range of knowledgeable academic staff and the friendly and relaxed teaching style makes this course really accessible. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone working in a regulatory field, or to those interested in pursuing a career in regulation.”

— Simon Grice, Director, Access Canberra

“Studying the Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance with RegNet at ANU has added a new dimension to my regulatory practice and to that of my teams.

The course has enabled me to think about, communicate and implement strategic and evidence based approaches to the whole regulatory framework that we are custodians of.

I walked out of the course with not only a sound grasp of regulatory history and theory but practical worked examples of how to turn that into real world regulation to solve real world problems.”

— Krystal Eppelstun-Lee, Director, Access Canberra, Construction, Utilities and
Environmental Protection

“Undertaking the Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance was a real “aha!” moment in life, professionally and personally.

The highly knowledgeable and approachable lecturers together with the well-considered content has elevated my knowledge of what it is to influence behaviours in a contemporary and positive way, convert policy maker's intent into meaningful actions, progress issues collectively and get breakthroughs to some difficult problems.

As a senior executive in the public service, I thought I was travelling fine in my regulation and governance endeavours until this course. Never have I seen the gap between learning and practical application so narrow.

I recommend this course whenever I can to colleagues.”

— Steven Karras
Senior Executive
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Career pathways

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.

Learning environment
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.

Program themes
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.

Skills and expertise

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

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 analyze 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

Unparalleled academic expertise
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.

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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)

View the full program and admission requirements here.

  • Graduate certificate of Regulation and Governance

    • How do I apply for the program?
      Go to programs and courses for more information on the program and to apply.

    • Will this program be delivered online?
      This program will be delivered a multi-modal format, both in person and online.

    • What are the requirements for admission?
      You can find all program and admission requirements in the admission requirements page.

    • How much will the program cost?
      For information on fees and payment please refer to fee payments.

    • Will I be eligible for scholarships?
      ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies. For further information see the scholarships website.

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