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Capacity Building Program in Public Service Retirement Income System

Wed 17 May 2017 to Fri 23 June 2017Associate Professor Riyana (Mira) Miranti and Adjunct Professor Khalid AhmedUniversity of Canberra


The aim of this training course is to provide participants of the training course a good understanding of the retirement income system in Australia particularly on the scheme that focuses on the public service sector.

Time period
5 working days 17-23 May 2017


Day 1 Introduction to Australian Government and Society and social security systems
  1) Aust Govt system including federation, the constitution and its evolution and policy process
  2) Vertical fiscal imbalance and horisontal fiscal equalisation
  3) Discussions with participants – issues and challenges
  4) Discussions with participants – issues and challenges
Day 2 Introduction to Australia's Three-Pillar Retirement Income System
  1) Pattern of retirement and introduction of three pillar retirement income system
  2) Introduction to age pension
  3) Introduction to microsimulation modelling in Australia and its application to inform policy making
  4) Regional modelling and analysis for policy making
Day 3 Planning and Implementation
  Visit to the Treasury:
  1) History of superannuation in Australia and its reforms
  2) Sustainability in the future (fiscal costs)
  Visit to the Department of Finance:
  3) Defined-benefit public sector superannuation schemes
- Policy, legislation and monitoring
  4) Managing the budget implications of defined benefit schemes
Day 4 State and Private Sector Superannuation Management
  1) State fiscal modelling
  2) Briefing on a state scheme
  3) Management of private superannuation fund
  4) Management of private superannuation fund
Day 5 Lessons Learnt and What is Next
  1) Presentation from UniSuper
  2 & 3) Discussions with participants - key learnings and outcomes
  4) Closing and certificates

Note: The activities and their order may change according to the availability of the presenters

A mixture between in-house delivery and study visits to relevant institutions. The training program will be conducted in an interactive, seminar style, with some group discussions.

$ 2700/per person inclusive GST

About the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) conducts interdisciplinary research and education in governance and policy analysis to deepen theory, advance knowledge and improve practice, in a way that is of significance to scholars and practitioners in Australia and internationally. The Institute consists of three research centres the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance; Centre for Change Governance and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) which study various aspects of social, economic and political participation.

The Institute is the largest provider of postgraduate education to the Australian Commonwealth Government with 140 students graduating from its education programs and 10 PhD completions in 2016. 52 PhD students are currently enrolled at the Institute. IGPA has organised a number of Graduate Certificates including Graduate Certificates in Public Administration, Economics, Management for the Public Sector, Public Policy and Financial Analysis for the Departments of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD), Innovation and Science (DIIS), Finance, the Treasury, Education, the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and other Australian Public Service Departments.

The Institute conducts strategic policy advice for various Commonwealth Departments and currently hosts six Australian Research Council funded projects which address various governance problems. Institute fellows produced 66 international peer reviewed journal articles, one book, four edited books and 23 book chapters. Highlights of the Institute’s research program in 2016 include: commissioned reports for the Australian Public Service on “Staff perceptions of the barriers to workplace participation experienced by public servants with disability in the Australian Public Service” and “Connected Government: towards digital era governance”; the completion of the latest contribution to the Institute’s series of books on Commonwealth administration – From Abbott to Turnbull – A New Direction?; the launch of the Institute’s compendium of leading edge research methods Evidence-based policymaking in the Social Sciences: Methods that Matter in London at the Institute of Government; and, the creation of a new Centre for Transformative Governance with the Universities of Indonesia and Gadjah Mada devoted to the establishment of better governance for development.

For enrolment, please contact:

Associate Professor Riyana (Mira) Miranti Convenor-IGPA Indonesia Program
The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) University Drive South, University of Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia T +61 2 62015319 | F +61 2 6201 2751 | riyana.miranti | at |

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