Other training opportunities

A selection of our professional development courses are available on demand. Courses can be delivered ‘in-house’ to your specified cohort. These include:

  • Accelerating your policy development: applying lessons from policy success and failure: This workshop is designed for public servants who have some policy experience. Participants will be introduced to both case studies and academic concepts which can assist them to understand how success at times can involve a protracted and fraught process and how policy failures (such as the home insulation program) can offer valuable insights, particularly for implementation. Participants will identify where in the policy/program design process these types of insights can be used including through risk analysis and in Ministerial briefings.
  • Art of the policy narrative: This workshop will help participants gain practical insights into identifying the key messages of relevance and crafting an effective policy narrative for public consumption. Participants will also learn how to succinctly convey these messages in both oral and written forms.
  • Beginner’s guide to microeconomics for the public sector: This course is designed to give economic beginners an introduction to key microeconomic principles. Microeconomics focuses on the decision-making of consumers, households and firms. Basic economic models of decision-making behaviour are introduced. The key insights that flow from these models are explored and developed as are the role of markets and prices and the limitations of markets. The role of government and the interaction between government and markets are key themes.
  • Beginner’s guide to macroeconomics for the public sector: This course is designed to give economic beginners an introduction to key macroeconomic principles. Macroeconomics focuses on economy-wide phenomena such as inflation, unemployment, financial crises, international trade and economic growth. Participants will gain an understanding of key macroeconomic concepts such as gross domestic product (GDP), the consumer price index (CPI) and the current account balance.
  • Building productive professional relationships: In this two-day course participants will learn how to enhance performance in public and private sector workplaces through the development of productive professional relationships. They will explore the deeper issues of communication and learn patterns that shape people’s behaviour.
  • Economic growth: Economic growth policies are one of the most challenging and important tasks for any government. Analysis on economic growth is becoming increasingly important as the government in Australia looks to sustain economic growth post the mining boom. This one-day course will provide an overview of the economics of growth and cover the basic economic foundations and tools required to consider and design economic growth policies.
  • Environmental and resource economic for non-economists: In this course, participants will learn how economic approaches can be used to improve the management of valuable, but often under-priced, environmental assets. The course involves highly interactive learning and case studies from Australia and overseas. The course will boost participants’ capacity to be involved in designing and communicating environmental policies.
  • Federalism and tax reform: Major tax reform by Australia must involve our federal and state governments and is likely also to require a rethinking of our fiscal federation. The areas of tax reform and federation are some of the most difficult policy problems faced by Australia today. This advanced-level course aims to provide participants with the intellectual and policy resources on tax and federal principles and practice, to facilitate insight and creative thinking into these key tax and federal challenges.
  • Fundamentals of cost-benefit analysis: This course will develop skills necessary to confidently undertake a basic cost-benefit analysis of a project or policy, capably review reports prepared by consultants, and prepare regulatory impact statements. A combination of essential concepts, case studies and practical exercises will be used, without the use of mathematics.
  • Gender analysis of public policy: This course will introduce participants to key concepts and methods for gender analysis of public policy. Participants will develop a good understanding of the differential impact of policy and its funding on men and women and of the implications of this for policy development and implementation.
  • Global food trading regime: policy implications: In this course participants will explore how the global food trading regime emerged and developed and obtain an understanding of some of the current key challenges in agricultural and goof policy making. The course focuses on food security, public and private food standards and trade, food and public health.
  • Mastering communication for stakeholder engagement: In this course participants will learn both the art and science of effective communication and how to use this knowledge to be able to engage with a range of different stakeholders, to be able to ‘road test’ policy initiatives and proposals, to ensure collaborative communication and to be able to uncover and address stakeholder concerns.
  • Policy analysis and scenario planning using large scale economic models: This course will give participants an in-depth understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of global and national economic models used for policy evaluation, and show you how they can be used for policy analysis and scenario planning.
  • Systemic risk and economic policy: This course will cover the mechanisms through which systemic risk can be realised, how countries can respond in terms of preventative policy settings and how crises can be resolved once they occur. A look at the historical and current role of systemic risk for Australia will also be a feature of the course.
  • Writing policy: a workshop for practitioners: This hands-on workshop will enhance participants’ writing skills and policy development capacity through effective writing and project management styled approaches on strategy and thinking. Participants will acquire practical knowledge about the format of a policy document and how to ensure any policy document the participant writes is well-structured, persuasive and comprehensive.

If you would like to speak to a consultant about these courses or other training options please give us a call on 02 6125 2154 or email csee@anu.edu.au.

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