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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 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 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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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020

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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

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What do I need to start?
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
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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