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The government's Compliance Common Capability Programme supports the overall development of a professional compliance community in New Zealand.

Compliance activities are usually carried out by agencies within central and local government that have regulatory functions, to ensure that people and organisations adhere to rules and regulations for the public good. Compliance activities include auditing, licensing, education, monitoring, surveillance, and investigation.

Compliance Common Capability Programme - Value Proposition Document
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Achieving Compliance - A Guide for Compliance Agencies in New Zealand

A Guide for Compliance Agencies in New Zealand will strengthen the public sector’s ability to achieve greater levels of compliance for the public good. It will help deliver on better, smarter public services for less, by supporting a government-wide, collaborative, problem-solving and risk-based approach to compliance issues.”

From fisheries to biosecurity to construction, compliance is an important part of the public sector’s responsibilities. Already the guide has received international praise for bringing together good practice and building a stronger professional compliance community.

More than 12,000 New Zealand public sector employees are involved in compliance issues. While there are differences between agencies and roles, the guide and qualifications focus on the common skills needed across compliance, such as the ability to encourage compliance, identify problems, investigate, and apply facts to legal provisions.

The guide is the result of collaboration among compliance practitioners across the public sector in New Zealand.



Achieving Compliance - A Guide for Compliance Agencies in New Zealand
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The target audience for the guide includes senior managers, operational managers, and compliance officers in central and local government agencies. The guide may also assist individuals and organisations within regulated sectors, and will be a useful reference source for legislators, policy-makers, and those undertaking compliance qualifications.

The Department of Internal Affairs sponsored the development of the guide. The development process was managed by Standards New Zealand and overseen by an advisory group of senior public service compliance practitioners. The guide will be frequently updated to reflect best practice.


National Compliance Qualifications Project

The first three compliance qualifications to be registered on the National Qualifications Framework will strengthen the public sector’s ability to achieve greater levels of compliance for the public good. The qualifications range from entry-level to special operatio
ns to compliance management:
  • National Certificate in Public Sector Compliance (Foundation) (Level 3)
  • National Certificate in Public Sector Compliance Operations (Level 4) with an optional strand in Investigations
  • National Diploma in Public Sector Compliance Investigations (Level 5) with optional strands in Prosecutions, and Civil Appeal Proceedings
The National Compliance Qualifications Project is a whole-of-government initiative designed to develop the capability of New Zealand’s compliance sector by creating national qualifications supported by assessment and learning strategies.

The project is being led jointly by the Department of Internal Affairs and Learning State (the industry training organisation for the State sector) and has a steering group comprising senior managers from a range of organisations. More than 80 public sector agencies are members of the project. The project began in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2013.

For information on the NZQA qualifications visit http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/

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