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Public Sector Fundamentals

1-Day Training Course: A bridging course in government systems, frameworks & processes. De-mystify the government processes of bureaucracy & the administrative structures to increase your capacity to work with government & improve outcomes

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Key Learning Objectives

  • The historical context of Australian government
  • The operation of Parliament, cabinet and the public service
  • Government at the commonwealth, state and local level
  • Federalism and state/commonwealth relations
  • Review key legislative and political processes
  • What drives policy and program development?
  • Review of policy and budget processes
  • Working with ministers, advisers and stakeholders
  • Working with members of the bureaucracy
  • Public and community consultation

About the Course

Government policy and public administration have evolved over time in response to changes in community expectations, global trends, institutional arrangements and styles of management.

Despite constant change, government and public administration is underpinned by a respectful understanding of Parliamentary systems, legal and Constitutional frameworks, processes of policy development, budgeting, and transparent and accountable governance practices.

This 1 day course has been designed to provide participants with an insightful overview of how government has developed in Australia and the daily operation of our three tiers of government. It includes an outline of the budget cycle and how policy is developed, legislated and regulated. It also includes information on working effectively with government.

This course will also demystify the complex and often intimidating systems of formal procedure, as well as the rules and standards of probity necessary for effective and ethical behaviour within the public sector.

Participants will obtain a framework to assist in understanding relationships between ministers, departmental senior management, independent offices, Parliament and the Judiciary, and the tools to find their way through the ‘unwritten rules’ of public sector organisational culture.

Who Will Benefit

  • Those new to the public sector, or working with government for the first time
  • Those who have been working with government for some time and would like information and strategies to better navigate the system
  • All those who need to work with government to achieve outcomes and would benefit from information and strategies to better navigate the system – such as private enterprise

Course Outline

History of government, federation, commonwealth/state relations

  • 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

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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