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.
Information for Future Students
Master of Public Administration
The Melbourne Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the premier degree of its kind in Australia. Exclusively designed for aspiring public sector leaders, the MPA equips candidates for executive and management roles in regulatory bodies, the public service, not-for-profit organisations and international institutions.View
Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (Advanced)
The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration mixes theory and practice to help you address complex management challenges. Combine your disciplinary expertise in political science, law, business or economics with professional decision-making, strategic management, and leadership dexterity.View
Specialist Certificate in Public Administration
The Specialist Certificate in Public Administration is an intensive graduate level course. Requiring 8 days of on-campus study, you’ll be introduced to a foundation that draws on the expertise of University of Melbourne Faculty, and using these skills, you’ll refine your competencies for effectively operating in increasingly complex governing environments.View
Students are taught by world-leading academics and practitioners from law, economics, and the social sciences. With small classes delivered intensively, students receive a tailored learning experience with the opportunity to specialise in particular policy fields.
School of Government graduates have taken up executive positions in multinational not-for-profit organisations, senior positions in local and state government and with foreign governments, to name but a few.
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.
At the Melbourne School of Government, our research examines the implications of economic, legal, 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.
Governance and Regulation
Governance and regulatory frameworks have an ever-increasing impact on the delivery of effective government. No longer the exclusive domain of public officials, the expansion of these functions to community organisations, corporations and industry associations has fueled the need for a greater understanding in this space.View
The School fosters world-leading expertise in a number of key policy domains relevant to government. We focus on fields that draw on our interdisciplinary knowledge and have significant value to public sector leaders. In doing this, we critically examine issues that have troubled policymakers and require multifaceted policy solutions.View
With rising threats to liberal democratic traditions around the world, thought leaders are facing a crisis of expertise. Magnified by the impacts of globalisation, we explore the sources and impacts of this erosion of confidence in our public institutions, and what this means for governments, public sector leaders and policymakers.View
The Research Translation project at the Melbourne School of Government looks at ways to make research more accessible to practitioners, policy makers and the public. We are working with all three groups to understand the drivers and barriers for engaging and sharing in research activities, outcomes and impacts.View
Our public impact
Information for researchers
The School of Government fosters a vibrant program of academic fora that support our research excellence. Alongside our competitive grants success, we host academics from around Australia and overseas to undertake research and to participate in and enrich the research intensive communal life of the School.
If you have a specific issue in your workplace, our experts can provide independent judgements to find evidence-based solutions for your organisation.
The Melbourne School of Government's research agenda is informed by global and regional developments, in particular those associated with the 'Asian Century', and how country specific and regional public policy will need to adapt and change. Talk to us about how we can harness our knowledge to help your organisation overcome its key challenges.
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Our Executive Education programs are designed to meet the needs of post graduate and post experience professionals across the government, business and non-profit sectors. Participants will have the opportunity to be exposed to new developments in theory and practice, develop new skills and capabilities consistent with international standards and learn from internationally-recognised experts who have practical experience and theoretical knowledge.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Be exposed to new developments in theory and practice
- Develop new skills and capabilities consistent with international standards
- Learn from internationally-recognised experts who have practical experience and theoretical knowledge
Customised Executive Education programs
We can develop and deliver customised learning programs to respond directly to your organisation's requirements, beginning with a learning needs diagnosis to identify the course content and delivery modes which will be of greatest benefit to your staff.
Ideal for groups of middle managers and senior executive staff from government, as well as those working with government and in not-for-profit and commercial organisations, our programs can be delivered in an intensive, intellectually-demanding and highly interactive format. Programs can be delivered as residential, campus-based or workplace-based options.
Our teaching combines the latest concepts with active learning using case studies and your own organisation’s priority issues. We will encourage an environment where participants' collective expertise is combined to generate actionable solutions.
Other solutions we offer
We can tailor a package specific to your needs, including:
- Education & Training
- Research & Development
- Executive coaching
- Action learning sets
- Events & Conferences
Our programs are delivered by thoughtful, practical educators from across The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Arts, Melbourne Law School and Faculty of Business and Economics. All are internationally recognised experts in their fields with a wealth of practical experience and theoretical knowledge.
Our areas of expertise
Our research agenda is informed by global and regional developments, particularly those associated with the Asian Century, and how country specific and regional public policy will need to adapt and change. Within this overarching focus, we concentrate on the two key areas:
1. Governance and regulation
Designing better governing institutions and improving policy-making and policy performance. For example:
- Fitness for purpose public sector reform
- Building innovation capacity: creating better mechanisms for public sector performance management
- Public financial management
2. Democracy and politics
Using different types of evidence and new approaches, and managing competing perspectives. For example:
- Leading with legitimacy and accountability
- User-centered policy design and implementation
- Identifying and developing new workforce capabilities
The Melbourne School of Government hosts a key number of publicly engaged programs aimed at the key political and governance issues of our times. Working with significant philanthropist, we blend our leading research expertise and apply it to these real-world challenges.
Pathways to Politics Program for Women
In Australia, less than one-third of all parliamentarians and one-fifth of all ministers are women. The Pathways to Politics Program for Women will address this under-representation by providing hands-on training and networking opportunities for women who aspire to elected office.
The new McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership aims to recognise political leaders who have driven positive change and encouraged a national discussion about the role of leadership.
Industry and International Engagement
The School has enduring links with some of the nation's largest employers of public policy, administration and management graduates.
The John Button Fund
The John Button Foundation was established in 2009 in memory of John Button, the late Industry Minister, Senator and writer. In 2016 the Foundation donated the fund to The University of Melbourne to be managed within the Melbourne School of Government.
Next Generation Engagement Project
The Next Generation Engagement Project aims to identify and address the key challenges and knowledge gaps in engagement, social risk management and social licence for Australia’s infrastructure sector.
Election Watch draws on the expertise of University of Melbourne staff and students to provide non-partisan, fact-based, expert analysis of elections around the world.
The Melbourne School of Government regularly welcomes local and international academic colleagues.
Dr Stephen Kinsella
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
Academic host John Howe
Dr Lauge Poulsen
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
UCL, University of London
Academic host Andrew Mitchell
Dr Mahvish Shami
London School of Economics and Political Science
Academic host Janine O'Flynn
Dr Doug Goldstein
Assistant Dean for Planning and Growth
School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University
Academic host John Howe
Professor Annica Kronsell
Professor of Political Science
Academic host John Howe
Applications for Visiting Scholar Programme
Thank you for for your interest in becoming a visiting scholar with the School of Government. The School focuses its visiting scholar programme on people who already have ongoing collaborations with current School faculty. If you are working on a publication or other project with a member of the School let us know by completing this form with your collaborator and send to Eric Rzepko who will then be able to help set up your visit to the School of Government.
Alternatively, there is our International Research Visiting Scholar Program, which is accessible here, which can facilitate visitors with supplementary funding.
Public Law Conference: The Frontiers of Public LawConference MLS;public law;
Monday 12:00pm - 1:30pmThe Evolution of Australia's International Migration System, 1995–2018Seminar/Forum population;immigration;migration;Environment;Policy;
Friday 5:00pm - 6:30pmAt a Crossroads: Making Sense of Modern TurkeyFree Public Lecture Turkey;Political Science;Politics;Government;democracy;
Cybersecurity is now an official national priority for Australia, but what makes us vulnerable? A University of Melbourne special explores our cyber risk.Public Affairs
Ahead of the US-North Korea summit, a University of Melbourne expert asks whether the wellbeing of the people should be the focus, rather than denuclearisation.Public Affairs
Despite societal challenges, according to a University of Melbourne expert, China's approach to education is changing as it embraces student-driven learning.Public Affairs
Malaysia's new government freed jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim; a University of Melbourne expert looks at what his political rebirth may mean for LGBT+ rights.Public Affairs
Australian governments spend billions on consultants, but a University of Melbourne expert argues this could be reduced by boosting public servants' capacity.Public Affairs
Two University of Melbourne experts debate President Trump's move to withdraw the US from the nuclear deal with Iran; is it reckless or tactical foreign policy?Public Affairs
Timor-Leste's elections need to resolve its political crisis so issues of policy like reducing poverty can be addressed, says a University of Melbourne expert.Public Affairs
Ahead of a special COAG meeting, education experts at the Grattan Institute say it’s important David Gonski’s education vision isn't a tick-the-box exercise.Public Affairs
University of Melbourne research finds the 2016 ceasefire in Syria had unexpected consequences, ranging from an impact on rebel governance to humanitarian aid.Public Affairs
Aussie Rules has the power to bring people together; but as University of Melbourne researchers discuss, it has also reflected the struggle for social change.Public Affairs
Dean Smith and Vonda Malone are the inaugural winners of the McKinnon Prize for Political Leadership, a new, non-partisan award recognising courageous, visionary and collaborative political leadership.News
Professor Helen Sullivan, Dr Sara Bice and Assistant School Director Dr Avery Poole address some of the challenges governments will face in a new book entitled Public Policy in the 'Asian Century': Concepts, Cases and Futures.News
Associate Professor Helen Dickinson was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) at the annual Fellows Dinner in Melbourne on February 18th, 2015.News
The New Thinking and the New G20 Series, sponsored by CIGI and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, aims to promote policy and institutional innovation in global economic governance in two key areas: governance of international monetary and financial relations and international collaboration in financial regulation. With authors from eight countries, the 11 papers in this series will add to existing knowledge and offer original recommendations for international policy cooperation and institutional innovation.News
The new Election Watch website is now live.News
Interim Director of Melbourne School of Government, Andrew Walter, was a recent guest on Triple R show “Uncommon Sense”. Professor Walter discusses Brexit, the triggering of Article 50 by PM Theresa May, and the fall-out for Britain, the EU, Scotland and Ireland.News
Dr Avery Poole awarded grant to study youth in Australia and Indonesia
Dr Avery Poole, Assistant Director, Melbourne School of Government and Dr Dafri Agussalim from Gadjah Mada University have been awarded $25,000 by the Australia-Indonesia Centre for their project ‘Youth Perceptions and Diplomatic Relations: Improving Australia-Indonesia Relations Through Education’, which explores the role of education exchange in shaping the perceptions of young Australians of Indonesia, and the perceptions of young Indonesians of Australia.News
The Melbourne School of Government is working with leading industry groups and individuals in Australia’s infrastructure sector to deliver its groundbreaking Next Generation Engagement Project.News
The American Society for Public Administration awarded a practitioner-academic team with the Louis Brownlow Award for best paper in the journal Public Administration Review.News
Dr Pradeep Philip, a member of the Melbourne School of Government Advisory Board and Principal of Ergo Consilium, and Dr Vishaal Kishore, a Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at RMIT and Principal Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government write about the challenges of policy that embraces innovation and what we can expect in the future.News
In a public discussion of the changes in housing markets and development in Melbourne suburbs, four University of Melbourne researchers Professor Piyush Tiwari, Kate Raynor, Dr Andy Krause and Professor Kate Shaw worked with an interested audience of public participants to understand the pros and cons of our housing market and what the alternative futures could be.News
On Friday 25 November, Melbourne School of Government hosted an “In Conversation” between The Hon Paul Keating and author Troy Bramston. The conversation was wide-ranging including topics such as the rise of China, the ANZUS treaty and the current state of the ABC’s news coverage.News
Robyn Eckersley speaks at Annual Melbourne-LSE Lecture
London School of Economics – University of Melbourne 2016 public lecture by Prof. Robyn Eckersley, hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and chaired by Dr. Robert FalknerNews
Have you been following the U.S. Presidential Election? MSoG’s Election Watch page has been covering polls, analyising the candidates and keeping tabs on the latest campaign videos.News
Erika Feller, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, wrote a piece for Inside Story about the new United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.News
The Inside Story on the Australian Federal Election
On Wednesday 29 June we held a “political insiders” panel discussion. Watch the video here. Australia finds itself at a crossroads, with huge decisions awaiting the next government. Our panel of top “insiders” examined how voters are engaging in the “marathon” campaign and how political parties manage their campaigns.News
On 2-3 June, Election Watch ran a live blog with University of Melbourne experts. We included analysis of 10 key seats, the policy challenges for the incoming government and created a series of videos on what the results mean and what’s next for key players.News
The EU is experiencing perhaps its most fraught period since being created in 1957. How does the situation look in a historical context and what are the implications for the EU’s future?News
Roundtable with David Stuckler
On the 17th of February, Melbourne School of Government hosted a Boardroom roundtable with Professor David Stuckler. Professor Stuckler’s most recent book, The Body Economic puts forward a radical proposition. Austerity, it argues, is seriously bad for your health. We can prevent financial crises from becoming epidemics, but to do so, we must acknowledge what the hard data tells us: that, throughout history, there is a causal link between the strength of a community’s health and its social protection systems.News
At the 2015 Hamer Oration, Julian Burnside AO QC explored how Australia’s treatment of boat people may have redefined our national character. The Oration was chaired by Erika Feller, the former Assistant High Commissioner of the UNHCR and currently a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Watch the oration online here.News
In December, Melbourne School of Government undertook it’s largest endeavor to date: a practioner conference with international high-ranking officials and academics on the topic of “democracy in transition” with a related website, DemocracyRenewal.edu.au.News
In this lecture Gerry Simpson engages in a critical stocktaking of this century of retributive humanitarianism.News
This year IPAA Victoria ran its first public sector week from 22-26 June, a series of events hosted by a range of public, private and not for profit organisations aimed at raising awareness of the work of the public sector and exploring some of the key issues the sector is facing in Victoria and beyond.News
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. The School's activities centre around our thematic areas; governance and regulation; politics and democracy; and a small number of key policy domains. In these areas 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