What People are Saying About the Graduate School of Government

Kristina Keneally

Former Premier of New South Wales

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All governments rely on professional, skilled and innovative public servants to help turn policy into action. In order to deliver quality services to our community, agencies must have the organisational capacity to deal with the practical challenges of implementation. Building this capacity is a key responsibility of government.

Since 2004, the NSW Government has collaborated with the Graduate School of Government to realise the potential of many talented public servants working on policy development, service delivery and management of the State's resources. Over 300 government employees have studied for the School's Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. They are now better equipped to serve the NSW community and provide timely and well-informed advice to me and my ministerial colleagues.

I strongly encourage NSW public sector employees to consider the benefits of undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration with the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government.

Bob Carr

Former Premier of New South Wales

Bob Carr

"The public sector is under greater pressure than ever to deliver results for the community that sustains it. That's why I'm proud Australia's oldest government and its oldest university have worked together to create a new institution dedicated to building public sector excellence".

"One of the chief ways to meet our aspirations for a stronger public sector is by having public servants equipped with intellectual clarity and a thorough acquaintance with world-best practice. They will gain such qualities in abundance at the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government, which builds on the decades-long tradition of undergraduate studies in government and public administration offered by the University".

"The leadership of the Graduate School is a sure guarantee of its success - directed by one of the State's best public servants, David Richmond".

"I commend the University of Sydney on what is one of the best developments in higher education in the past decade. I am proud to associate my Government with the Graduate School of Government and wish it every success." - June 2003

Robyn Kruk

Former Director General, Department of Premier and Cabinet

"Congratulations to Sydney University in this initiative. An increasingly complex local, national and international world places greater and greater pressures on the ability of government to function and meet the needs and expectations of these various communities of interest. The importance of investment in education and training in our future public sector leaders is too easily pushed aside in the day to day rush to achieve immediate goals. I am sure that the Graduate School of Government will not only fulfil its educational role but also become a strong advocate for such investment."

Col Gellatly

Col Gellatly

Administrator, Wollongong City Council and Former Director General, NSW Premier's Department

"I am very pleased to support the Graduate School of Government initiative. A strong national approach to education and training of future public sector leaders and senior managers requires a sound and vibrant basis within each state. Nowhere is this more important than in our largest state, which increasingly is the gateway to international investment in Australia. I am delighted that David Richmond has accepted this challenge and I wish him well."

Gabrielle Kibble

Gabrielle Kibble

Administrator, Wollongong City Council and former Chair, Sydney Water Corporation

"The Graduate School of Government is an important and critical initiative long overdue in New South Wales. The quality and capability of public sector leadership is of fundamental importance to community well being, and quality investment in future leadership is essential. I am particularly pleased that David Richmond has been appointed as Foundation Director of the School, bringing a rich range of experience and skills to this challenging role."