Perform new course search

Search Filter

Leading and Managing Change G (9802.1)

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


Possible changes to your unit's learning activities and assessment items

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.

While the University has made efforts to ensure that Unit Outlines reflect a unit’s learning activities and assessment items, any changes to Australian Government directives because of the COVID-19 pandemic may require changes to these during the semester to ensure the safety and well being of students and staff. These changes will not be updated in the published unit outline, but will be communicated to you via your unit’s UCLearn(Canvas) teaching site. Any changes made will continue to meet the unit’s learning outcomes, as described in the Unit Outline.


This unit engages with the critical challenges in developing effective leadership and change management in public administration. The unit will equip students with a strong insight into some of the prominent approaches to understanding effective leadership (e.g. adaptive management) and the nature and challenges of institutional change and advances some strategies for affecting high quality leadership in an era of governance.

While in the past leadership in public administration was treated as a synonym for hierarchy, recent shifts in the mode of public service delivery has transformed not only the social and economic imperatives facing policy officials in a leadership position, but the very structure of government and its mode of delivery of policy outcomes. The increasing emphasis on achieving policy outcomes through stakeholder consultation, partnership with private and civil society entities, "whole of government" solutions and expert/academic advice means that leadership must be adaptive, inclusive, non-hierarchical, and given to long-term planning and strategy.

The workshop style approach to this unit will provoke questions around the nature of contemporary leadership in public administration and challenge some of the orthodox and perhaps dated ideas of the role of leadership in resolving Australias public policy and administrative challenges.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand the foundational concepts and models associated with leadership and change management in public administration;

2. Articulate the emerging policy challenges to government, across different portfolios, and the role of leadership therein;

3. Analyse the tensions between competing approaches to public management in the context of incremental and radical changes to governing structures;

4. Critically evaluate the nature of leadership and its relationship to policy outcomes across a range of substantive policy areas; and

5. Demonstrate these competencies in a team project, submitted as a written project and oral presentation, incorporating original research on dimensions of leadership and change in public administration.

Contact Hours

42 hours total in 6, one-day intensive blocks.


Entry to Course.


Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Management for the Public Sector.

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units


Print this page
Why choose UC

Perform new course search

Search Filter

Frequently Asked Questions