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History of government, federation, commonwealth/state relations

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  • Overview of government
  • Westminster style government
  • Constitutional, legal and accountability parameters
  • Institutional frameworks for government authority
   
 

Government structures

 
  • The role of the Commonwealth and the states and territories
  • Processes and routines of parliament, cabinet, executive council
  • The role of the public service
  • Central agencies and the institutions that go with them
  • Corporate structures, GOCs, outsourcing, privatisation
   
 

Understanding the drivers of public policy

 
  • The policy cycle
  • How policy is developed
  • Influencing policy development
  • The budget cycle
   
 

Examining government processes

 
  • Common government processes
  • The context for government processes
  • Navigating government processes
  • Government culture
   
 

Policy contestability and other issues

 
  • The increasing contestability of public advice
  • Pluralism
  • Review of government models in our trading partners
   
 

Working with ministers, advisors and other public staff

 
  • The role of ministers and advisors
  • The role of public servants
  • Developing relationships and working with, ministers, advisors and other public service staff
  • Interfaces between the political and the administrative arms of government
   
 

Working in the government sector

 
  • The culture of the government sector
  • Skill requirements
  • Strategies for navigating the system – formal and informal
  • Applying for positions in the government sector
   
 

Influencing government

 
  • Avenues for influence
  • Strategies for influencing
  • Submissions for funding
   
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