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Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance
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Play a key role in the design and implementation of government policy.

Nearly 2 million Australians are employed in the public service across federal, state and local government levels. While governments change, there will always be a need for highly-skilled public service officials to work in a range of policy and governance roles.

QUT Online's Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance will open pathways into both policy development roles in government agencies, and policy analysis roles in political and non-government offices.

You will hone skills that allow you to undertake rigorous and critically informed analyses of government policies, allowing you to play a key role in the design and successful implementation of various policies. Similarly you will have the opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the relevant ethical obligations required of a public service official.

Public service roles are dynamic in nature and require public officials to possess a broad skill set. Working in areas of policy and governance, public officials need to develop a depth of knowledge that allows them to draft and analyse policies. A strong sense of ethics and practical knowledge of government services and procedures is also essential.

Start your application process today to secure your future with QUT Online.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance with:
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline; or

  • A recognised diploma (or higher qualification) in government or a related area and two years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience working in the public sector and/or justice; or

  • Five years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience working in the public sector or justice

This course is not available to international students.

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"My role within the Department of Finance supports the Department of Defence in delivering its outcomes. The work I do is fascinating and I feel that I am part of something bigger than myself. QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance delivered course content relevant to my work interests and goals. The online delivery allowed me to work full time while studying."

James Kenny Policy Officer, Department of Finance (Australian Government) Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance

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Career opportunities

Policy officer

In partnership with internal and external stakeholders, evaluate the viability of a government policy and assist in the successful implementation of that policy.

Policy advisor

Excel in an advisory role, providing sound and well-evidenced advice to internal and external stakeholders.

Policy analyst

Conduct analytical research and prepare policy reports, all of which supports successful policy development.

Communications officer

Coordinate a targeted, culturally-appropriate communication strategy that supports government policy implementation.

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