• 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

Associate Professor Cassandra Star

Associate Professor, College of Business, Government and Law
Flinders University

Cassandra Star is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the College of Business, Government and Law. She lead the Climate and Sustainability Policy Research (CASPR) group. She is currently Research Theme Leader for Flinders Government. She has previously been Head of Department of Politics and Public Policy at Flinders University. She has an Honours degree from Griffith University and a PhD from Monash University.

Her research is concentrated on the interface between politics and the policy process and the subsequent impact of these dynamics on policy formulation. The ways in which stakeholders shape the climate policy agenda is the current focus of her work.

She is highly sought after to provide advice and professional development services to state and federal government agencies. She was the academic coordinator of the Public Sector Management Program for the Australian Public Service Commission from 2013-2015 and managed the team that delivered this $1.6m dollar project from Flinders University. She is a member of the Institute of Public Administration, South Australian division’s Strategic Advisory Committee.

She is an outstanding, internationally recognised innovative educator. She is the recipient of eight teaching awards across her career, including two prestigious Office of Learning and Teaching competitive National Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Cassandra provide significant leadership within political science nationally and internationally, including convening the Environmental Politics and Policy Standing Committee for the Australian Political Science Association.

- PhD Monash University
- Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning University of Southern Queensland
- Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Hons (I) Griffith University
- Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Griffith University

Upcoming course availability

In person

November 2022

Friday, 25 November 2022


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

Contact us for alternate duration and delivery style options

Competency framework
Entry Level Core (ASO1-ASO2)
Front Line Core (ASO2-ASO5)
(this competency framework is provided as a guide only)

Workbook, resources, lunch, morning tea and refreshments

IPAA SA Level 6, 12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
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Personal Member $515
State Government Employee Member $550
Corporate Member $560
Non-Member $645

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