Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Finance for the Australian Public Sector

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Finance for the Australian Public Sector

We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021-22 delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Finance for the Australian Public Sector program delivered by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra. The program is available to APS employees at EL1, EL2 and SES Band 1 levels, as well as Policy Officers at APS 6. It is designed for future APS leaders and is aimed at developing the management and policy skills needed to meet the governance challenges of the 21st century. In particular, it provides participants with the skills, strategies and tools to develop the highest quality policy proposals.

The program, which is set for its sixth delivery since 2016, was co-designed by IGPA, the Department of Finance, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury, and the Department of Education and Training. Its first five deliveries have included 200 participants from 22 Commonwealth agencies. Teaching staff on the program are drawn from IGPA’s world-leading academic staff, as well as current and former practitioners from the APS and beyond.

Please follow the link to the program brochure for further information on course content.

Participant Entry Requirements

The Graduate Certificate is open to current APS employees at SES Band 1, EL1, and EL2 levels (or equivalent), as well as to Policy Officers at APS 6. As the course is an accredited Graduate Certificate, participants require either a bachelor’s degree, or proof of sufficient work experience (see table below).

Please ensure that you have your academic transcript available.

If you are using work experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree, you will need a transcript of your other highest qualification and a statement from your employer indicating your length of employment and the nature of your work experience.

Work Experience for Postgraduate Entry

Qualification Length of work experience Nature of work experience
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree # 4 years Managerial, professional, paraprofessional or clerical role
Diploma # 8 years Managerial, professional, paraprofessional or clerical role
Year 12 or Certificate IV # 10 years Managerial, professional, paraprofessional or clerical role

# Or equivalent qualification

Program dates

9 August 2021 13 Oct 2021 TBD (March/April 2022)  TBD (May/June 2022)
10 August 2021 14 Oct 2021    
11 August 2021 15 Oct 2021    
12 August 2021 3 Nov 2021    
13 August 2021 4 Nov 2021    
16 August 2021* 5 Nov 2021    

Classes run from 9am-5pm on these dates, and will be held as face-to-face sessions (unless Government health advice changes), typically on University of Canberra campus.

Dates for Units 3 and 4 will be determined after the 2022 Parliamentary Calendar is released.

Nomination cut-off date:

Friday, 2 July 2021

Often, agencies’ Learning and Development areas prefer to co-ordinate nominations. Otherwise, please send your nominations to GradCert | at | providing the following information:

  • Name
  • DOB
  • Agency
  • Position
  • E-mail Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Previous Study/Work Experience

Once nominations are received, we will contact each participant and provide a step-by-step guide on how to enrol into the program. Please note that places are limited.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the program content or nomination and admissions processes please get in touch with Education Program Director, Dr Brendan McCaffrie at Brendan.McCaffrie | at |

Dr Brendan McCaffrieEducation Program Director and Senior Research FellowView Profile