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Programmes for public servants

Published date: 6 Jun 2017

Parliament's Education Team runs free courses for public servants. These courses are based at Parliament, and are a chance to learn from and network with experts from all over the parliamentary sector. These programmes are always popular, and spaces are limited, so register your interest now to avoid missing out. 

To register your interest for a course, find out more information, or talk to us about developing a custom session for your team, send us an email at education.team@parliament.govt.nz

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Policy to Legislation attendees discuss drafting techniques with presenter Melanie Bromley, from the Parliamentary Counsel Office

Source: Office of the Clerk

Upcoming courses

Introduction to Parliament and Select Committees

What? This 2.5 hour (8.45am to 11.30am) interactive course covers the functions and processes of the House, and the role of select committees and how they work.

Who? This course is aimed at people new to the public sector, or anyone who wants a refresher on the basics of Parliament.

When? Introduction to Parliament and Select Committees runs two-three times a year. The next course will be on 24 March 2020. Other dates for 2020 are 7 July and 27 October. 

To register your interest, or if you have any questions, please contact the Education Team here.

Policy to Legislation (presented in collaboration with the Parliamentary Counsel Office, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Legislative Design and Advisory Committee)

What? This half-day (8.30am-1pm) course is 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. A detailed break-down of the programme is available here.

Who? This course is specifically designed for public servants from legal and policy teams who are new to the process of developing policy into legislation. Those 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.

When? Policy to Legislation runs two-three times a year. 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.

Parliament's Financial Scrutiny Cycle

What? This 90 minute (9.00am to 10.30am) seminar outlines Parliament's Financial Scrutiny Cycle and its importance to government operations. It covers appropriations, the annual review process, and financial scrutiny. 

Who? This course is aimed at public servants who are involved or interested in the financial scrutiny process from Parliament's perspective.

When? Parliament's Financial Scrutiny cycle runs twice a year. Courses for 2020 are on 14 April and 18 August. 

To register your interest, or if you have any questions, please contact the Education Team here.

Other Support

If as part of your role, you are needing to interact with Parliament (either the House or Select Committees) the Office of the Clerk is here to support you and answer your questions. Please contact us at education.team@parliament.govt.nz and we will refer your question to the appropriate team to answer it or arrange for someone to speak with you.