CL50 - Graduate Diploma of Public Administration


Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Public Administration provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a successful career as a manager in the public sector. Career opportunities are abundant within government organisations around the world, and this course is specifically designed to suit individuals who are planning to work, or are already working, within the public sector. Specific competencies developed in this course include the design and implementation of public policy, the consideration of governance issues and ethical behaviour, and the use of strategic management principles. Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Public Administration takes one year of full time study, and will help you to build industry-relevant skills, and advance your career within the public sector.

Career Information

This degree is suitable for students either currently, or hoping to be, working in the area of public administration. The course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools you require to be successful in this area, and will give you the confidence to work effectively in a management capacity within a public administration organisation. Particular areas of focus within this course include governance and ethics, public policy design and implementation, and the application of strategic management principles to public administration.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradDipPubAdmin
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020

There are no future or current domestic availabilities for this course.
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

There are no future or current international availabilities for this course.
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

Students applying for the Graduate Diploma of Public Administration must have completed one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Bachelor degree, or equivalent qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution; or
  • Completed the CQU Graduate Certificate in Management or equivalent. 

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

No specific recommended study beyond the entry requirements is required.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CH76 - Graduate Certificate in Management
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 20
Second year 20
Third Year 20
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Being able to comply with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic and professional practice.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Knowing, understanding and complying with the laws of the Sovereign State in which you reside, work and/or study.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of businesses or organisations in which you may be placed.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with organisations such as the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Marketing Institute, the Australian Human Resources Institute and the like.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Performing a wide range of advanced written communication skills that address critical business problems and solutions. These include (but are not limited to) constructing logical and succinct academic essays, business reports or minor academic thesis that demonstrate substantive research while using correct CQU referencing.
  • Performing a wide range of advanced verbal, non-verbal and ICT communication skills that address critical business problems and solutions. These include (but are not limited to) being able to deliver an enhanced message (in English) for maximum effectiveness, while utilising a variety of technologies or media; the ability to deliver succinct yet effective communication; the ability to deliver effective communication that results in impact and/or influence; the ability to design and deliver effective verbal presentations, in clear English, that utilises a variety of technologies or visual media that combines with appropriate business management concepts and language.
  • Utilising a variety of technologies and/or visual media as well as speak in front of an audience with an appropriate middle or senior management/leadership voice, manner, style and presence that addresses the required outcomes as well as the needs of the audience.
  • Being highly proficient in the use of computers and various programs and tools as a means of being an advanced business and management communicator.
  • Performing advanced communication skills under pressure.
  • Developing the skills of reflective practice to increase self-awareness with personal delivery of advanced communication skills, including being able to determine personal developmental needs with advanced communication deficiencies.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, body movements and gestures, being mindful of personal space time boundaries and cultural sensitivities.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately as well as in practice environments.
  • Utilising proxemics and haptics - physical locations and objects in a manner that enhances openness and trust.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and applying to academic assessment items the knowledge, skills, processes, tools and techniques of the course to real world examples and contexts of management or discipline specific issues.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge, research evidence, policies and procedures in management and or cognate discipline practice.
Reflective Skills
Examples are:
  • Engaging in personal reflection as a way of increasing self-awareness regarding how individuals interact and affect others.
  • Reflect on contemporary situations and consider how relevant theories and concepts may be applicable.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Relating positively and effectively to a wide variety of business and community stakeholders.
  • Understanding, acquiring and demonstrating the components of emotional intelligence to effective working relationships and outcomes.
  • Combining appropriate business deliberations with the inclusion of the relevant interpersonal factors of the people connected in those processes.
  • Being consultative and collaborative in creating and maintaining effective working relationships and outcomes.
  • Engaging in personal reflection as a way of increasing self-awareness regarding how individuals interact and affect others.
  • Creating cultural competence, sensitivity and willingness to work with a vast array of people both in Australia and abroad.
  • Recognising others as sentient human beings with rights that must not be violated.
  • Recognising others in the workplaces as ends in themselves and never exclusively as means to an end.
  • Demonstrating the skills of collaborating with fellow students and colleagues, modifying and reflecting on practice during a project, or modifying and reflecting on work integrated learning in response to supervisor feedback.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Develop an integrated and advanced understanding of concepts, theories, contemporary trends and developments in public management
  • 2. Analyse, synthesise, and apply relevant theories to resolve problems and challenges in public sector organisations and public policy
  • 3. Critically research existing literature and articulate the implications of findings for the theory and practice of public policy, public management, and issues in public/private partnerships
  • 4. Demonstrate effective negotiation skills in the context of non-state sector organisations, multilateral agencies, and private sector organisations.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
More Details
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