A new graduate certificate course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public administrators has received an excellent reception.
Since its launch in July 2014, 26 participants from various state government authorities have registered for the Graduate Certificate in Management (Public Sector), which is designed to help participants advance their career.
It is the first ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public servant course and is the brainchild of Executive Education at La Trobe Business School and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).
This landmark initiative is designed to provide participants with the tools and skills necessary to develop their professional capabilities, and lead and manage organisational activities across government. It also provides a pathway into postgraduate courses at La Trobe.
'This initiative further demonstrates La Trobe's long standing commitment to the capacity-building needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across our communities,' said Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy and Education, Professor Mark Rose.
'The dynamic partnership with the IPAA is one that ensures the skills that are developed in our people are best practice and tailored to meet contemporary challenges.'
Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have risen and are on the rise in government, they face demands not faced by their non-Indigenous colleagues, by virtue of who they are, remarked Professor Rose.
'That is why this course is so important, both from a skill acquisition and a collegial perspective.'
Director of Executive Education, Dr Suzanne Young, said, 'We are excited about the opportunity to work together with the various stakeholders to provide this unique course.'
This course continues the strong association between La Trobe Business School and the IPAA, the professional association for people working in or with public administration.
Dr Young said La Trobe Business School is committed to delivering further leadership and professional development programs in 2015.