Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy

Discover what it means to be a democracy in Australia

Australia's institutions of government and administration have developed a truly unique Australian flavor that distinguishes them from developed Western democracies. Our degree focuses on the Australian experience right here in our nation's capital.

You will develop a strong understanding of the key players and institutions, develop an insight into the practices of policy makers and the challenges of developing sound policy in a democracy – a must for future leaders and managers in the private and public sectors.

Open to new admissions


Admission open to

Domestic students and International students

Level of Study


Full-time Study Duration

3 years

Lowest Selection Rank


Note: To protect the privacy of individuals who have received offers to this course in 2018, the lowest selection rank cannot be published. The 2018 semester 2 predicted selection rank has been published instead.



Course code


CRICOS number


Career Outcomes

Study a Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public policy at UC and you will:

  • acquire an in-depth understanding of the economic, social and political forces influencing modern Australia
  • learn to identify the key players and institutions, both within and outside government
  • gain valuable insight into the processes of policy makers
  • apply your knowledge to give policy advice
  • customise your degree to include a second major in government, business or other area of study that interests you.

Career Opportunities

  • Industry analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy analyst
  • Political consultant
  • Political office holder
  • Public sector manager

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is all about learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. At UC it is an essential component of most of our courses and reinforces our commitment to preparing highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge. Throughout your course you will have the opportunity to engage in WIL via internships, clinical placements, industry and community projects, professional mentoring and simulated workplace settings.

Course details

Sample study plan


  • Government-Business Relations
  • Indigenous History and Identity
  • Indigenous Politics and the State
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Politics and Government
  • Politics and Democracy
  • Problem Analysis and Statistics


  • Civil Society: Politics and Policy
  • Internship
  • Law and Society
  • Problem Evaluation and Resolution
  • Public Sector Management
  • Social Policy: Government, Wealth and Welfare
  • Open Major (x2)


  • Economics of the Public Sector
  • Identity Politics and Public Policy
  • Local Government
  • Public Policy in Theory and Practice
  • Open Elective (x4)

Course specific

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course you can apply for a Bachelor of Management with a major in government and politics. You'll then have the option of transferring at the end of your first year if your grade average is strong.


Looking for more detail about the units you will study? Want to know more about fees, admission requirements and delivery modes?

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Head over to our Personalised Course Guide for detailed information presented in a simple-to-get PDF.

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