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.
You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance with:
a completed bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline; or
a completed diploma (or higher qualification) in a relevant discipline and two years full-time (or equivalent) professional experience working in the public sector and/or other related organisations; or
five years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in the public sector and/or other related organisations.
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
What you will learn
Develop the writing, communication and consultation skills all public officials need to excel in public policy development.
Policy development and analysis
Cultivate the ability to undertake rigorous and critically-informed analyses of policies, identifying opportunities for improved outcomes.
Build research and policy evaluation knowledge and skills for use in public policy development.
Acquire advanced knowledge of governance institutions across all levels of Australian government, with a core focus on the ethical responsibilities of public officials.
All government agencies require public officials with high-level writing, communication and consultation skills, all of which are integral for developing effective policy and conducting policy research.
This unit will help you develop and hone your verbal and written communication skills while you cultivate a foundational understanding of the governmental policy cycle and the wider policy issues associated with government work, particularly within social justice environments.
Similarly, you will have the opportunity to build knowledge of theories and types of corruption, the psychology and sociology of ethical judgement, and the ethics of public sector work.
A comprehensive understanding of the Australian public service is crucial for those wishing to work in the public service, whether at local, state or federal level.
This unit equips you with a sophisticated understanding of the Australian public service, with a compelling focus on governance institutions at all levels of government, as well as the related ethical obligations of public officials working in these institutions and services.
Applied research skills are an increasingly in-demand skill for public sector workers, and crucial for workers seeking to work in professional research and policy contexts. This is true for those not only wishing to work in government, but also in non-government and academic contexts.
By studying this unit you will hone your applied research skills, and the ability to evaluate policies in order to support the rigorous development of public policy.
The ability to undertake rigorous, effective and critically-informed analyses of public policy proposals is an essential attribute of policy professionals.
This unit provides you the opportunity to synthesise your public policy development skills and critical reasoning ability with your knowledge of government institutions.
You will learn strategies for navigating stakeholder relationships, which is an essential skill when designing and overseeing the successful implementation of public policy – particularly for justice-related policies that seek to address marginalisation and social injustice, thereby improving social inclusion.
Our dedicated support team are here to help you when you need it. They are available online or over the phone seven days a week to answer all your questions. They are here to help with everything from technical support to academic questions. QUT Online has the tools and people to make your postgraduate study achievable and enjoyable.