IPAA Victoria

Innovative Regulation Award

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Innovative Regulation Award

Smart approaches to regulating; for a better community and stronger economy

Regulation is essential for the proper functioning of our society and the economy, and has a flow-on to productivity and general community wellbeing. This award recognises innovation and excellence in approaches to best practice regulatory design and policy, and includes, but is not limited to, achieving future-oriented regulatory design and practice, regulatory reform, and high quality evidence, analysis and stakeholder consultation.


Nominations will be judged against each of the specified criteria. Suitable evidence is required against each criteria for the judging panel to determine a score. Where a criteria is deemed to be not met as a result of no evidence being provided, a score against that criteria will not be recorded. Each and all nominations are to be evaluated against all criteria:

  1. Clear evidence of a commitment to the goals of diversity and inclusion

  2. A future-oriented and innovative or unique approach to regulation

  3. Partnership(s) and collaboration to achieve better outcomes for the community and economy

  4. A robust evidence base and use of the evidence base to inform design and implementation

  5. An effective response to the underlying causes of the regulation need or problem

  6. Flexibility and sustainability, including cost-effectiveness

  7. Ease of interpretation and implementation by the public and business community (as applicable)

  8. Alignment with the organisation’s purpose to deliver public value.

    *Regulation means the actions and requirements of government that are intended to change the choices and actions of individuals, community organisations and businesses. It includes rules backed by government authority (e.g. legislation) and the activities of regulators, such as approval processes and enforcement activity.

Nominations Tips

Each year our judges tell us that evidence is critical to an award-winning nomination. Be sure to provide data and evidence to support the statements you make in your nomination.

  1. You should provide evidence that the project or initiative has been substantially developed and delivered.

  2. Nominations should provide evidence of the actual impact the project or initiative has had. If there is little evidence of such, include as substantial an idea as possible of the anticipated impact.

  3. The nominee doesn’t necessarily need to provide evidence of their direct involvement in the project or initiative.

  4. Make sure you address all of the criteria for the award category you’re nominating in.

  5. Write clearly, to the point, and back up your statements.

  6. Be sure to use the option to provide supporting documents. This is your chance to show, rather than tell, of your project or initiative’s merit.

  7. That said, curate what you provide as supporting documents. Our judges have to examine a number of nominations; don’t make it hard for them to find the compelling evidence.

  8. If you have a query, email awards@vic.ipaa.org.au.