In addition to its full degree programs the GSG has developed a suite of short term executive training programs for politicians and public sector employees from Australian and international governments. These tailored programs are co-designed with partner governments to transfer important skills in improved governance and public sector reform. These programs range from intensive workshops of 2-3 days to development programs of up to 14 weeks offered in either the March-June or August-October Program.
Public Sector Professional Development Program
This tailored program is designed to transfer important skills in improved governance and public sector reform. This program consists of two units of study which are undertaken on an audit basis with no formal assessment required. Participants attend lectures and contribute to class discussion and debate.
An internship with the NSW State Government can also be completed as an assessable unit of study. The GSG arranges all aspects of the internship and liaises closely with the participant’s home government agency to ensure that the placement is of direct relevance to the operations and requirements of the students work environment.
Tailored programs in Public Administration
GSG also has experience providing tailored workshops to senior civil servants or politicians both domestically and internationally. These programs are designed together with the host government and . Longer programs 6 months are delivered in Australia.
Examples of previous tailored programs include:
- AusAID Australia-Africa Extractive Industries Governance Professional Fellowship Program
The program, delivered jointly by GSG and the Faculty of Law, covered issues management, public policy and mining taxation and included site visits and briefings from relevant government and non-government agencies in Western Australia and New South Wales.
- Current Issues in Strategic Government
Delivered for AusAID in South Africa and Mozambique this program was designed for senior administrators who are Australian Development Scholarship alumni. The courses covered the following issues: globalisation, public sector reform, change management and leadership and included exercises in scenario planning.
- Driving Excellence through Strategic Government
This course was delivered for the government of Sarawak as part of its public service week. It involved a three day workshop for members of parliament, ministers and senior public servants. It covered topics such as the role and work of parliament, relations between Ministers and public servants and performance management in the public sector.
- Ministerial Office Staff
Delivered for NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet the course was designed for senior staff working in ministerial offices. It covered the historical and legal background of ministerial offices, the roles and responsibilities of a Chief of Staff, the relationship between ministerial offices and the public service and issues and stakeholder management.
- Political Advisors’ Course
Developed and delivered in partnership with ALP International Projects this week long course provides senior political advisors from the Asia-Pacific region with an up-to-date account of modern ideas in political research, election campaigning, political management, citizen and stakeholder engagement, issues management and public policy development and implementation. The course includes visits to ministerial offices and guest lectures from experienced practitioners.
- Chiefs of Staff
Delivered in conjunction with ANZSOG this one day course focussed on the roles and responsibilities of Chiefs of Staff for Cabinet Ministers in the Australian Federal Government.
- Scenario Planning and Change Management
Working in collaboration with Dr Richard Hall, GSG delivered a program on scenario planning and change management with particular reference to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). The course was delivered for the Sarawak Civil Service and Legislative Assembly.
GSG, in collaboration with the Royal School of Administration (RSA), Phnom Penh, has prepared a joint needs analysis of the RSA's strengths and requirements. Stage one of this program is a two week course to be offered in Cambodia tailored to the needs identified in the needs analysis. Students will be selected from this cohort to then be trained in Sydney on a tailored, one semester program which includes an internship.
- GSG is often called upon to present to visiting delegations of senior politicians and public servants. Presentations on contemporary public sector issues have been made for visitors from China, Pakistan, Iraq and India.
- GSG can also develop unique programs of 1-3 weeks for delivery in Australia that are tailored to the needs of the sponsoring governments. These programs will be developed in partnership with the client government so that it is relevant to their needs.