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Public Administration G (8556.3)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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This is a compulsory subject in the MPA that introduces students to the discipline of public administration. It examines the role of the state and of the public sector and introduces some of the key issues with which governments and academics have been dealing in the past 20 years or so when traditional models of public administration have been challenged. While the emphasis is on Australian developments, they are represented in such a way that they may be seen as part of more general re-design processes in public administrative systems. The question of initiating and managing change will be considered in relation to a number of countries' reform programs. The content will reflect current issues, and addresses managerial change, political-bureaucratic relationships, ethics and accountability, and a range of other matters arising out of the challenges of public sector change associated with current reforms of public sectors across the world.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand the principles and values underpinning traditional and contemporary models of public administration; comprehend the agendas, values and processes involved in the current reform of public sectors; and

2. Critically appreciate the patterns of change across systems and over time; demonstrate basic competencies in the written and oral presentation of academic work.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 39 hours per semester.



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