Highlights

  • Understand and manage the business of government. 
  • A strong balance between academic theory and hands-on practical skills will ensure your learning can be applied directly in your workplace. 
  • Delivered over 15 months. 
  • Option for blended delivery (online learning with four intensive mandatory 3 or 4-day workshops) in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Perth and Sydney, for further information please refer to the state timetables below. 
  • A separate option for fully virtual delivery offerings (online learning with virtual classrooms) will also be offered nationally, for further information please refer to the virtual timetable below.
  • Undertake a work-based project that delivers real outcomes for your organisation. 
  • Scholarships are available for NGO and local government employees. Find out more at the scholarships page.

Highlights

  • Understand and manage the business of government. 
  • A strong balance between academic theory and hands-on practical skills will ensure your learning can be applied directly in your workplace. 
  • Delivered over 15 months. 
  • Option for blended delivery (online learning with four intensive mandatory 3 or 4-day workshops) in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Perth and Sydney, for further information please refer to the state timetables below. 
  • A separate option for fully virtual delivery offerings (online learning with virtual classrooms) will also be offered nationally, for further information please refer to the virtual timetable below.
  • Undertake a work-based project that delivers real outcomes for your organisation. 
  • Scholarships are available for NGO and local government employees. Find out more at the scholarships page.

Real-world learning

QUT delivers a holistic, theoretically rigorous and real-world focused program through an innovative workplace blended learning framework.

You will undertake a workplace project delivering real outcomes for your organisations.

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What to expect

The Australian Public Service Commission has appointed QUT to deliver the Public Sector Management Program nationally. The program continues to make a significant impact on the Commonwealth, State and Local governments with a 30-year track record of success.

Offered to both public sector and non-government organisation (NGO) staff, the program provides an engaging and relevant curriculum, delivered through a unique blend of work-based learning, workshops and a virtual learning environment.

For more information download a copy of the Public Sector Management Program brochure (PDF file, 2.4 MB).

Course timetables

Timetables are available for the below state cohorts:

Flexible delivery

Designed to maximise workplace learning, this national curriculum employs a blend of workshops (face to face or virtual delivery), workplace projects, case studies and an online learning environment offering participants access to QUT’s library database, PSMP cohort Blackboard (online learning software), weblinks, videos and PDF e-books. 

Duration

The four-unit course is delivered over 15 months.

Assessment items

Assignments will be marked by the unit facilitator in accordance with standard assessment criteria and moderated nationally to ensure consistency.

Student support

QUT supports participants throughout the course, delivering a high-quality learning experience with a national team of committed administrative and academic staff.

As a PSM Program participant you will be enrolled as a QUT student before the start of the program. You will have access to student support such as QUT library access and library support, learning support and academic writing support.

Graduation

QUT will hold an annual graduation ceremony in each capital city. Students have the opportunity to wear full graduation robes.

Careers and outcomes

Possible careers

  • Assistant Director
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager

Details and units

Program content

The public sector management program is designed in collaboration with the governments of Australia to meet the needs of the contemporary public sector. It consists of four core units.

Unit One: GSZ631 Managing within the Context of Government

GSZ631 provides the 'big picture' of government and the context within which public sector managers operate. It develops an understanding of the institutional frameworks and conventions which guide practice and ensure sustainable democratic processes.

Unit Two: GSZ632 Managing Self and Others

GSZ632 provides insights into key individual and group behaviours, and offers skills for communicating and managing people and teams.

Unit Three: GSZ633 Managing Outwards in a Networked Government

GSZ633 explores the variety of relationships that managers need to build across the public sector and outside it - with the private sector, with community and not-for-profit sector and with citizens and clients of government services.

Unit Four: GSZ634 Managing Operations for Outcomes

GSZ634 builds on the overall operational capabilities of managers and provides them with highly effective and appropriate tools, processes and diagnostic capabilities to deliver and sustain the business of government. This unit also includes a workplace project.

Course coordinators are located across Australia with administrative support staff in Brisbane and Canberra.

Requirements

Course code
GZ35
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
15 months part-time
Entry
March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October
Entry

Entry requirements

You must either have a:

  • recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.50 (on QUT's 7-point scale) plus have at least 3 years full-time (or equivalent) post-degree professional work experience with a minimum of 1 year full-time (or equivalent) supervisory/management professional work experience; or
  • minimum of 7 years full-time professional work experience with a minimum of 1 year full-time (or equivalent) supervisory/management professional work experience.

Supervisory experience is experience either supervising staff or managing complex groups of stakeholders).

Additional entry requirements

You must provide with your online application a:

You may be required to:

  • attend an interview;
  • sit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (the worldwide standard in aptitude assessment for admission to postgraduate management programs), and achieve a minimum score of 550. GMAT details (PDF file, 271.8 KB).

Minimum academic requirements

Entry requirements

You must either have a:

  • completed bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 (on QUT's 7-point scale) plus have at least 3 years full-time (or equivalent) post-degree professional work experience with a minimum of 1 year full-time (or equivalent) supervisory/management professional work experience; or    
  • minimum of 7 years full-time professional work experience with a minimum of 1 year full-time (or equivalent) supervisory/management professional work experience

Supervisory experience is experience either supervising staff or managing complex groups of stakeholders).

Additional entry requirements

You must provide with your online application a:

You may be required to attend an interview and, if requested, sit the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GMAT (PDF file, 271.8 KB) is the worldwide standard in aptitude assessment for admission to postgraduate management programs, and you must achieve a minimum score of 550.

International student visa holders

As this is a corporate course, entry is not available to international student visa holders.

International employees of sponsoring organisations may apply for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Business. International applicants must hold, or enter Australia on, a visa other than a student visa.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2022 fees

2022: $11,800 per course GST exempt

2022 fees

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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Scholarship eligibility
Women

How to apply

You're ready to submit your application when you've:

  1. Checked that you meet the entry requirements
  2. Checked the timetable and important dates
  3. Collected your supporting documentation, including:

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