• An overview of the Australian system of government, including; the new Australian Leader and Liberal.
  • Liberal Democracy, the constitution, the federal system, the role of the High Court, how the vote is counted and the three spheres of Government.
  • The role of parliament and the legislative process in relation to the Executive Branch and the public service.
  • The relationship between Cabinet and ministers, the public service and other public agencies.
  • The role of the public service in policy development and service delivery.
  • Recent developments in the public sector including management, outsourcing and privatisation.
  • The Media – new and old forms.


  • Apply a better understanding of the role and process of government in Australia.
  • Understand how the machinery of government relates to current issues in public administration and policy development, and where you sit in the ‘bigger’ picture.

Who Should Attend

This course is highly recommended for those new to the public sector (at any level), for those moving into policy and communication roles, and anyone looking to refresh their knowledge on the workings of government.

Benefits to You and Your Organisation

You will better understand the development of policy within the cabinet process, as well as a better understand the function of Parliament, its relationship to the public service and its role in the passage of legislation.

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

Register interest in this training


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

Contact us for alternate duration and delivery style options

Competency framework
All levels Common

Workbook, resources, lunch, morning tea and refreshments

12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
(please visit registration links for further information)
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Personal Member $515
State Government Employee Member $550
Corporate Member $560
Non-Member $645

The facilitator may vary but will be a Flinders University Facilitator

  • “I think this is a great overarching course to give a better idea to public sector employees about the political system. All public sector employees should do it!”


    Department for Health and Wellbeing

  • “I now have a better understanding of how government works and the value of the work that I do.”


    Dept for Environment and Water

  • “I feel far more confident in discussing relevant aspects of government operations with stakeholders engaged with my organisation.”


    Education Standards Board