Developing sound, well-considered positions on policy issues affecting our members and other governance professionals, and then advocating for those policy positions, is an important part of the work of Governance Institute.
This includes representing our members and the wider stakeholder community through consultation with government and regulators on proposed reforms, commenting on draft legislation and discussion papers and preparation of submissions on important policy issues.
Over the years, we believe we have made a considerable contribution to better policy outcomes through this work, helping to influence legislation and help shape in a positive way the regulatory environment in which governance professionals, and business more generally, operate.
However, when it comes to creating good policy it is not just about the end result: the way in which that policy and legislation is formed is also important if we are to get the best outcome possible.
In my view, there is a problem in this process of policy-making which has grown increasingly significant for all our members, the wider business community, the not-for-profit sector and other stakeholders — the short time being allowed by government for consultation on key reforms and legislative changes involving significant and often complex issues.