Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Successful public sector leaders are intelligent, intensely curious and articulate. They know the way governments work and how policies are crafted over time. This practical hands-on program is aimed at government officers and managers who want to develop their policy skills and leadership potential. The subject is ideal for those who currently work in a role which is affected by policy, or for anyone who needs to understand the conceptual framework for the policy work they already do. It challenges participants to think cleverly about policy. The subject is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to make a major contribution to policy development and policy leadership. Senior public sector leaders from across a variety of portfolio areas share their experiences and perspectives.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzanne Young

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesExpert policy facilitation, guest speaker insights, case study analysis, group interactive activates.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MUST be enrolled in LCMPS ONLY


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Gain the Policy Edge Workbook

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorThe Nous Group and IPAA Victoria



PublisherIPAA Victoria


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Examine the context and complexity of public policy work
02. Examine the steps to successful public policy making, including issue analysis, policy options, the budget process, consultation and co-ordination
03. Explore the crucial interaction between public servants and Ministers particularly in relation to the Budget and Expenditure Review Committee and the Public Accounts and Estimates Committees
04. Develop public policy skills through practical exercises including the application of case studies and a 2-day simulation culminating in group presentations in Parliament House

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Week 49-51, Off Campus


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne Young

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 49 - 51
Five 8.00 hours workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 49 to week 51 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Reflective Journal (1500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Group presentation (1500 words equivalent per student)

N/AOtherGroupNo30 SILO3, SILO4

Individual report (1500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO3