The Master of Public Administration is designed to equip participants with the skills and attributes to aspire to become the next generation of public sector leaders.
Master of Public Administration Student
Head of Government Relations
I have spent the last 13 years working in international development, stakeholder engagement and government. I have worked in various roles at the multilateral (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) and bilateral (AusAID) levels, in political offices both in opposition and government, NGOs and as an independent consultant. Previously I worked as a computer programmer. I took two years out of my career to have children and I currently work part-time.
Most of all, I have enjoyed being able to directly and immediately apply this learning to my work at Oxfam Australia.
I have enjoyed all the subjects so far, and each lecturer has been impressive. As a mature aged student, I really value the opportunity to learn and think more deeply about issues. The course structure enables me to manage my work and life with my studies.
Master of Public Administration Student
Planning and Performance Officer
City of Port Phillip Council
I moved to London in 2009 just after the global recession first hit. Working at Westminster City Council in economic policy, we commissioned local service providers to help get local people into work. In New Zealand I worked for the Ministry of Primary Industries, helping to develop an internal performance management framework to help decision makers evaluate their initiatives and strategies. I wanted to do a public management or policy course, and the new MPA at Melbourne seemed like a great mix of different subjects, and it was really targeted at people with previous work experience, like myself.
Following the MPA, I hope to work in a central agency that helps drive the direction of the public service. This might be through performance management, because it’s my strength, and will cover issues such as people or organisations can set and achieve their goals, and deliver services and outcomes.
The most enjoyable aspect of the MPA is studying with a small group of really interested and interesting people who are making a change in their life to learn more about their passions, sharing all our knowledge and building on it together. I feel like I’m learning different frameworks to help me think and understand our world.
Noviana Noor Aisyiah
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Current Student From Indonesia
Before I began studying the Master of Public Administration (MPA) I worked for the Australian Government Department of Education based at the Australian Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia as a Senior Policy Officer where I provided day-to-day policy advice to the Counsellor and Deputy Director.
In the future I would like to be involved more in the education sector. I would like to become an agent of change and enhance the Indonesian education system - especially in higher education.
The most enjoyable aspect of the course so far is studying with a small group of people who share their experiences and developing a broader perspective of how things work in other organisations.
Sandru Santhana Anandaraj
Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
"The Master of Public Administration has been a valuable tool in my day-to-day work in the Victorian Government. In the first week of my Master of Public Administration course, one of my first assignments was to work in a small group presenting a case study on the different public administration boundaries which needed to be crossed in responding to homelessness.
Almost two years on, I am now working right in the heart of homelessness policy here in the Victoria Government in my role as a Project Officer in the Department of Health and Human Services.
This includes, amongst many other things, contributing to the department's work on matters such as the future role of Commonwealth and state governments in funding homelessness services across the country (which was showcased in my original assignment!)"