The Pacific Toolkit: From policy to legislation has been designed to better equip Pacific Island government officials to navigate their way through challenging policy and legislative drafting processes. It provides a step by step guide to policy analysis, developing policy options, making recommendations to government and progressing law reform to implement government policy decisions.
As well as providing an overview of the policy and legislative development process, this Toolkit contains a range of helpful resources, including: alerting officers to a range of important issues that need to be considered during the law reform process; offering tips on things to consider during consultation and implementation of a law reform project; and guidance on providing drafting instructions and working with a legislative drafter.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Karen Moore
Topic 2: Developing your policy
2.2 The Policy Development Process
2.3 Your role in policy making as a public servant
2.4 What is the policy problem you’re trying to ‘solve’?
2.5 Who are your key stakeholders?
2.6 Have you developed a project plan and timeline?
2.7 What are the policy options?
2.9 Presenting options to your decision maker
Topic 3: Turning your policy into law
3.1 How does your proposed law reform interact with the Constitution?
3.2 How does your proposed law reform interact with customary law?
3.3 Have you considered Acts of general application?
3.4 How does your proposed law interact with your country’s international legal obligations?
3.5 How does your proposed law interact with international human rights obligations?
3.6 Are you implementing international treaty obligations?
3.7 Are you introducing financial provisions, such as taxes or fees?
3.8 Are you requiring government officials to make decisions?
3.9 Are you introducing criminal offences?
3.10 Are you creating regulatory powers?
Topic 4: Important practical considerations
4.2 Will your proposed reform require primary or subordinate legislation?
4.3 When and how will your law commence?
4.4 What impact will your law reform have on existing legislation?
4.5 How will your reform be implemented?
4.6 How will you monitor and measure success?