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

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

The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Finance for the Australian Public Sector program 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.

The program, running 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. It deepens participants’ understanding of public policy practices in Australia, tools of policy analysis, the crafting of persuasive New Policy Proposals, as well as the processes and skills required for effective budgeting and financial management in Australia. It’s first two deliveries have included 80 participants from 13 Commonwealth agencies.

IGPA has received extremely positive feedback from its participants:

‘Fabulous… lots of interesting topics and new ways of thinking. The course was positive and so were the people’.

‘IGPA exceeded my expectations by providing an enjoyable learning experience and wide-ranging subject experts’.

Teaching Staff

Teaching on the program is conducted by the core members of our academic team such as: Professor Mark Evans (IGPA/Democracy 2025), Professor Patrick Dunleavy (IGPA/London School of Economics), ARC Laureate Professor John Dryzek, Professor Gerry Stoker (IGPA/Southampton/ Centenary Professor), Professor Laurie Brown (NATSEM/IGPA) and Dr Paul Porteous (IGPA/Harvard Kennedy School); as well as by IGPA’s esteemed adjunct faculty, including: Adj Prof Michelle Grattan AO, Adj Prof Martin Parkinson, Adj Prof Virginia Haussegger, Adj Prof Carmel McGregor PSM,  Adj Prof Ian Watt AO, Adj Prof Ian McPhee AO; Prof John Hewson AM; as well as leading current practitioners from across the APS.

IGPA Graduate Certificates 

IGPA’s Graduate Certificate program brings together the best of academic research and evidence on problems in public policy and finance, and the best of current practice. Graduate Certificates are post graduate qualifications, and participants should be aware that they will be required to complete assessment items outside of class times. On completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will have earned 12 credit points towards IGPA’s 36 credit point Master of Public Administration Degree.

Participant Entry Requirements

The Graduate Certificate is open to current APS employees at EL1, EL2 and SES Band 1 levels, as well as Policy Officers at APS 6. As the course is an accredited Graduate Certificate, participants require either a Bachelor Degree, or proof of sufficient work experience (see table below). Applicants who are accepted should have a certified copy of their transcript, or a CV detailing their relevant work experience ready to provide on receipt of their acceptance letter on February 19.

Classes run from 9am-5pm.

The program brochure which has information on course content can be downloaded by clicking on this link. 


Dr Brendan McCaffrieEducation Program Director and Senior Research FellowView Profile