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Policy to Legislation Seminar

Published date: 6 Jun 2017

Policy makers play a significant role in shaping the laws of New Zealand. The Policy to Legislation seminar aims to help public servants through the law-making process.

Jointly hosted by the Parliamentary Counsel Office and the Office of the Clerk, the Policy to Legislation seminar runs two-three times a year.

This half-day (8.30am-1pm) course gives public servants a walk-through of the process of developing a new law, starting with policy development and ending with the Royal Assent. Learn how to give effective drafting instructions, support a select committee, and follow the progress of a bill through the House of Representatives.

Policy to Legislation is specifically designed for public servants from legal and policy teams who are new to the process of developing policy into legislation. Public servants who provide instructions to the Parliamentary Counsel Office or have a role in supporting a Minister as a bill goes through the House will also find this seminar useful. For lawyers, this seminar is interactive and verifiable and could count for up to three hours of CPD provided that it fits with your CPD plan and identified learning needs.

The format of a Policy to Legislation seminar is as follows:

  • Welcome from Clerk of the House and Chief Parliamentary Counsel
  • Legislative Process Plenary – hear from the Parliamentary Council Office, Cabinet Office, and the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee on how to develop policy into legislation
  • Workshops
    • Parliamentary Counsel Office – practical advice and information on the drafting process for Government legislation
    • Select Committees – role, function and relationship with the House
    • House Operations – an overview of the legislative process

The next course will be on 26 March 2020 (FULLY BOOKED). Other dates for 2020 are 9 July and 29 October. 
To register your interest, or if you have any questions, please contact the Education Team here. There is no cost to attend the seminar. Places are limited.

Watch a short video about what people thought of the latest Policy to Legislation seminar

Attendees responses to the Policy to Legislation seminars held by the Parliamentary Counsel Office and the Office of the Clerk. [Video duration: 1 min 18 sec]