“Move beyond executive education and transform your career by thinking critically about the interaction of the public sector, politics, and major national and international trends in governance.”
This Melbourne MicroCert series is designed for professionals working in government, recognising the unique skills and knowledge that form the basis of working in this sector. These skills and capabilities are relevant across policy domains and roles in government, whether they be policy, service delivery or corporate functions. In undertaking MicroCerts across this series, professionals in government and the public purpose sector will develop these core skills and master the craft of government.
“deepen your knowledge of government craft and make a transformative impact in your work”
The Craft of Government Melbourne MicroCert series covers topics and develops skills and capabilities essential to excel in working for government. At the Melbourne School of Government, we see ‘craft’ as a set of skills and ways of working that has developed over many years in government but often is not formally codified. Courses in this series offer more than training, you will develop higher analytical skills to help you transform your practice and make a positive impact in your work.
These courses are aimed at a diverse group of learners with a range of educational background (for example, no specialised experience in specific subject areas is required). The intended learner for these courses is in the emerging leader category (El1-2 and SES1 in APS or VPS6 and SES1 in the VPS) who are looking to develop their capability, knowledge, and skills around core elements of government craft.
Government Budget Essentials
Understand how the government budget works and the major trends in government funding that impact public policy and service delivery. Participants will look inside the black box of the government budget. They will develop the skills to identify, read and analyse key documents, and understand the significance of this information for their work. Learners will improve their strategic acumen by understanding the processes and decision-making behind government budgets.
Persuasion for Policymakers
Whether it’s presenting advice to senior decision makers, influencing a group in a meeting or building support with stakeholders, the ability to influence and persuade is a key skill for policymakers and public managers. This subject provides a practical introduction to persuasion, exploring both classical and contemporary theories and ideas. Learners will be introduced to key concepts and learn essential tools to influence, build rapport, and garner trust. Importantly, they will explore how these tools and frameworks operate when working in government.
Rule of Law and Public Policy
The rule of law is not just for lawyers: a strong understanding of the legal and political environment in which public sector managers operate is essential to their success. This subject will equip learners with a sharper understanding of the different meanings of the rule of law, how the law both empowers and constrains government in practice, and contemporary national and international trends challenging the rule of law and good government.
Ethics and Integrity in Government Practice
'Forthcoming 2022' Contemporary public managers need to understand their accountabilities, operate transparently, and lead with integrity. Ethics and Integrity in Government Practice provides the tools and frameworks to operate consciously and build pro-integrity cultures in government. Learners will explore theories of ethics and integrity and how to apply this to their work in government. They will move beyond a focus on identifying and avoiding corruption, towards a positive understanding of pro-integrity culture in government.