Course Content
Reviewing existing policies
1.1 Identify existing policies in the organisation 1.2 Analyse existing policies according to organisational procedures 1.3 Evaluate improvement needs and opportunities 1.4 Consult with relevant stakeholders and confirm need for new policy development
Establish the need for policy development
2.1 Identify internal and external factors likely to cause changes to organisation policy 2.2 Consult with relevant stakeholders and document impacts of factors identified 2.3 Analyse need for new policy against internal and external environment and existing policies 2.4 Identify and recommend to relevant stakeholders priority areas for policy development according to organisational procedures 2.5 Identify and analyse associated issues and risks likely to impact policy development 2.6 Implement risk management processes
Prepare for and develop policy
3.1 Identify type of information required to develop policy 3.2 Outline policy requirements according to organisational procedures 3.3 Develop an analytical framework for the development of policy 3.4 Source, analyse and apply relevant information to support policy development according to organisational policies and procedures 3.5 Develop, consult with and recommend to relevant stakeholders a range of policy options and assessment criteria 3.6 Obtain approvals from stakeholders according to the policy development plan and organisational policies and procedures 3.7 Draft policy according to consultations, feedback and organisational policies and procedures 3.8 Facilitate agreement to policy via organisational channels and relevant stakeholders
Release and review policy development processes and policy
4.1 Communicate with relevant stakeholders responsible for implementing new policy 4.2 Facilitate discussion and manage dissenting stakeholders 4.3 Release and promote the policy according to organisational requirements 4.4 Seek feedback and respond to relevant stakeholders for future improvements for policy development
BSBSTR503 Develop organisational policy
About Lesson

Every organisation will have its own process for approving a new or updated policy. See the linked example from the Queensland State Government HERE, (Department of Education, Queensland Government, 2022).

For a small business, the owners and/or directors are usually responsible for approving (and often drafting) organisational policies. So you can see that the processes vary vastly – from a series of approvals at different organisational levels over the period of development, down to a single point of contact for all policy approvals. The important concern is that there is a point at which the policy moves from a draft, to an approved policy (awaiting publishing).

Consider the use of a project map, work breakdown schedule, or flow chart. Visual references that highlight checkpoints and milestones within the development process can be a useful tool. Applications such as LucidChart and Microsoft Visio can help you create such a representation.