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This subject equips participants with the necessary executive management skills required to thrive in a ministerial adviser role. Focusing on core concepts involved in advanced project management; industrial relations policy; and, public financial management, this subject explores the key technical and managerial competencies required of the contemporary adviser.
Key ideas that will be explored in this subject include budgets, performance, reporting and decision–making and how these relate to broader notions of governing in complex institutional and policy environments. Complex public service environments in Australia and internationally are examined, particularly the trends in public management reform, the underlying political ideas, and the impacts on policy and practice.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- acquire an understanding of key financial and legal concepts in public finance;
- have an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal principles of Australian employment and labour relations law in a public sector context; and
- understand the complexities of developing and executing budgets, evaluating performance, and decision-making;
- explain the distinguishing characteristics of projects and consequent managerial challenges and ethical considerations;
- develop a formal project plan and explain its purpose, content and readership;
- have a sophisticated appreciation of the factors and processes driving parliamentary revision of the relevant legal frameworks governing labour relations law and the financial appropriations process.
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- be able to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis.
- be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of project management theory and best practice to empirical problems.
- have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of key concepts in public finance.
- have a high-level ability to combine the theory and practice of public finance in a meaningful way in order to address advisory challenges and reflect critically on one's own professional practice.
Last updated: 9 November 2019