Overview

High quality and timely advice enables our ministers to make decisions on Defence strategy, operations, building future capability, workforce, budgets, service delivery and administration. Developing policy is a cycle. It involves bringing people together to identify issues, analyse courses of action, assess risks, prepare advice, engage with decision-makers, implement their decisions, and evaluate outcomes.

Learning objectives

  • Develop high level analytic skills to meet the demands of complex contemporary public policy making and an ability to locate the evidential and other resources needed to apply these skills.
  • Gain broad and deep knowledge of the institutions, actors, processes and practices of contemporary government and policy making.
  • Foster an understanding that contemporary public policy problem solving requires a persistent and passionate commitment to challenge existing frameworks and develop new knowledge.

Stream topics

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Dr Zina O’Leary

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In the public sector there are decisions that need to be made frequently, often under uncertain circumstances. You will learn key frameworks and how to apply them to help you make decisions. Guided by Dr Zina O’Leary of ANZSOG, participants will gain experience in using multicriteria analysis and scenario planning to assist with decision making.

Intellectual Property

Lisa Archbold

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Join lawyer and PhD Candidate Lisa Archold as she covers intellectual property law in Australia. Upon completion participants will have a solid grasp of the concepts of IP, how it is protected and some of the contemporary challenges faced in the IP sector.

Data Privacy and Social Networks

Lisa Archbold

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The regulation of privacy in Australia and Australian privacy principles are topics critical to Defence. At the end of this module you will gain an understanding of these principles and their regulation. You will also be able to identify some of the contemporary challenges faced with data privacy and social networks. Learn to apply these principles and implement some best practice recommendations in your data management practices and privacy impact assessments.

Public Policy Analysis

EJ Wise

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Participants will understand where public policy sits in the governance ecosystem and understand the dynamics of power at a local, national and international level of public policy. Principal at Wise Law Cyber Consulting EJ Wise will steer participants through identifying how technology both influences and acts as public policy, and examine the effects technology on public policy has at a societal level.

Effective Governance

Maria Katsonis

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Critically examine both traditional and emerging governance models that have dominated recent public sector reform efforts in many parts of the world and the implications of these changes for the effectiveness, accountability and legitimacy of contemporary democratic governance.

Becoming a Trusted Advisor

Paige Williams

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Explore what it means to be a Trusted Advisor and discover the 4 Factors in the Trust Equation. Lastly, learn skills to develop each of the 4 Factors and build trust.

Political Problems and Policy Responses

Maria Katsonis

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Gain skills and confidence in policy through this module. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas in public policy; identify how public policy issues make it onto the political agenda and apply key concepts and issues in policy development to public problems.

Managing Change/Evolution in Policy Frameworks

Mark Crosweller

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Understand the principles of Theory of Change when implementing changes made by others. You will learn to apply the principles of co-design when leading change or evolution of policy frameworks to maximise implementation effectiveness. Finally, gain the ability to apply ethical leadership principles to the change process.