• The context of public policy.
  • The cabinet system.
  • Accountability for policy in a Parliamentary system.
  • Identifying issues and agenda setting.
  • The role of the media.
  • Policy skills:
    • What makes a good policy adviser.
    • Policy analysis, tools and process.
    • Linking implementation to analysis.
    • Consultation, when and how?


This program will enable you to understand the policy-making process and the broad principles of public policy analysis.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for people with limited public policy experience or for those who are moving into a policy position.

Benefits to You and Your Organisation

Enhance your capacity to become a good policy advisor and examine the tools needed for “smart policy” in changing times.

Learn about our speakers

Dr Rob Manwaring

Senior Lecturer, College of Business, Government and Law
Flinders University

Dr Rob Manwaring is a senior lecturer in the College of Business, Law and Government. Rob's background is in public policy, and worked for the UK's Commission for Racial Equality as a senior policy adviser, and also for the South Australian Council of Social Services. Since completing his PhD at Flinders in 2010, he teaches a range of policy and politics topics, and researches into the areas of centre-left political parties, democratic politics, and public policy. Most recently, his edited collection (with Paul Kennedy from the University of Bath) 'Why the Left Loses' (Policy Press) examined the electoral fortunes of the family of centre-left political parties and the ongoing crisis of social democracy.

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1 full day 9:00am-4:30pm (8:45am registration)

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Competency framework
Entry Level Core (ASO1-ASO2)
Front Line Core (ASO2-ASO5)

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