Waste – from the logistical to the moral

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course
Policy Fundamentals


A deep understanding of Natural Resource Management (NRM) is crucial to the effective management of the system. Throughout the program participants will be guided by experts in the field to plan strategic policy interventions and broaden their knowledge of NRM to skilfully identify opportunities free from path dependence, ethical dimensions and manage NRM contracts and relationships.

Course overview


A history of economic growth ‘in reverse’ is a history of the extent to which we have managed our human and other waste in a way that supports our activities and concentrations of population. We move our waste in ways that allow us to continue essentially unimpeded by our past decisions and in doing so we often don’t fully factor them into our choices. We can say ‘that’s the end of that’ when disposing of something, but is it really just prologue to that point and this moment represents the start of the real journey?


This module will be a chance to explore this issue from a variety of lenses ranging from logistical to moral. What will the next century hold for waste management in Australia? Can we continue on our current trajectory or is change needed? What are our global obligations as a policy leader or should our vast size see us serve as a receptacle for the waste of other countries? How do we want to be viewed by further generations in relation these choices, what obligations do we have to such generations?

Learning outcomes:

  • Enhanced understanding of the issue of waste management in Australia
  • Experience in considering a significant societal issue from multiple view points
  • Ability to identify potential solutions for this and other related issues

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