Welcome to the Melbourne School of Government.

Our mission is to inspire and equip governments, businesses, social partners and individuals to meet the challenges of contemporary governance. Through interdisciplinary, innovative teaching and research, we seek shared and sustainable solutions to these challenges. In our three areas of activity we aim to:

  • Harness the University's diverse resources in our graduate and executive teaching to equip the current and next generation of leaders
  • Facilitate research that meets the needs of governments, industry and social partners
  • Be the platform for exploration, debate and innovation nationally and in our region

The Melbourne School of Government is designed to inspire and equip individuals to make a difference on a global scale. Through rigorous research, teaching and debate, we convert shared knowledge into collective wisdom influencing politics and decision-making to improve future outcomes.


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The Melbourne School of Government is committed to extending opportunities for graduate study to under-represented groups, including Indigenous Australians, individuals from disadvantaged circumstances, and recipients of various Australia Award Scholarships provided by the Australian Government for international students.

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At the Melbourne School of Government, our research examines the implications of economic, social, political and cultural trends for the content and conduct of public policy. We’re proud to offer a research program that aims to improve the design, development and impact of public policy both nationally and internationally.

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Past Research Themes and Projects

Governing Markets

This theme addresses three key questions:

  • How do governments, governing institutions and private actors relate to each other, and what can and should be the roles of these actors in the governance of different markets?
  • What policy instruments are available to govern the different sites and spaces of market activity (formal, informal, visible and invisible), from global to local?
  • What is the efficacy and impact of these policy instruments, and how can they be measured and compared?

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Knowledge and expertise

This theme addresses three key questions:

  • What are the emerging ideas, tools and frameworks that will shape the way in which public policy is designed and implemented in the 21st century?
  • How can 'evidence' be best utilised in order to support the construction of better public policy and better institutions?
  • How can innovation (methods and media) help bridge the gap between citizens and professional or technical experts?

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Governance and performance

Security and political engagement

This theme addresses three key questions:

  • How are risks created and perceived by individuals, groups and governments involved in the policy process?
  • How do these impact on feelings of insecurity of the person, the group and of the State?
  • What role might existing or new forms of social and political engagement at local, national and multinational levels play in enhancing security?

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