GAP Institute for Active Policy Advisory Board

The GAP Institute for Active Policy Advisory Board (formerly known as the National Consultative Committee on ‘Second Track’ Processes, or NCCSTP) was established following the Australian Government’s endorsement of the ‘Second Track’ Process as a valid method of government consultation at the GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs in September 2008.

The ‘Second Track’ Process has its origins in international diplomacy (the term ‘Track Two Diplomacy’ was coined by Joseph Montville in 1981; Foreign Policy, Montville & Davidson, US). When applied to domestic policy, the ‘Second Track’ represents a new method of government consultation through which previously ad hoc mechanisms for stakeholder engagement in policy development and decision making become the normal method of ‘fast tracking’ solutions to key issues.

The process brings together experts from relevant sectors (including government, non-government organisations, business and consumer groups) with a likeā€minded approach to resolving issues positively and driving practical outcomes. Working collaboratively, these groups identify problems, initiate discussions, prepare white papers, develop solutions and oversee their implementation.

The GAP Institute for Active Policy Advisory Board comprises public and private interests, drawing on a wide network of leaders from all levels of government, business and industry sectors.

The group seeks to identify the areas of government policy where such a process might prove effective, develop and refine the appropriate rules for ‘Second Track’ engagements and initiate projects based on the model.

The GAP Institute for Active Policy Advisory Board is chaired by Dr Neil Byron, former commissioner at the Productivity Commission, and is facilitated by Global Access Partners.

Current projects

:: Australian e-Conservatorium of Music

:: GAP Taskforce on Government Health Procurement