NGO Sector

Information for the NGO Sector

Managers and executives working in the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) sector are aware of the need to navigate the public sector in order to deliver the best outcomes for their organisation. As such the NGO sector requires managers and executives with the right leadership qualities and management capabilities.

The Graduate School of Government (GSG) at the University of Sydney runs a professional development management program, the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA). Since 2003 senior public servants and their agencies have accessed the GDPA to develop senior management to become public sector leaders. From 2009 NGOs have also used the GDPA to develop their staff through this program.

Whilst originally designed for the NSW public sector, the GDPA is foremost a management program and is ideal for those working in the NGO sector wanting professional development. The program is grounded in policy, leadership, strategy and financial management and provides the environment for skills development tailored to each participant. Students undertake a work-based capstone project, a 360 degree leadership assessment and a mentoring program, all essential for managers and executives to become self reflective practitioners.

In addition NGO participants will be engaged with senior public servants from the NSW public sector giving the NGO student the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the government sector.

Tuition is fully funded by the NSW Public Service Commission.

Applications for 2016

Applications for centrally funded places are managed through the NSW Public Service Commission. Students must complete both a paper based form and an online application form. For information on how to apply, download forms and to access the online application portal, please refer to the NSW Public Service Commission website.

Documentation - to support an application

When submitting an application be sure to include the following documentation:

  • an original or certified copy of your academic transcript demonstrating the completion of undergraduate degree;
  • an original or certified copy of proof of your Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency, such as your passport or a birth certificate;
  • in addition Australian Permanent Residents will need to provide a copy from the section of their passport that illustrates the date of arrival to Australia;
  • documentation demonstrating any change of name, if relevant;
  • a brief CV outlining your work experience in the public sector, with particular attention to listing the duties and responsibilities of all positions held over the last 5 to 10 years;
  • a personal statement identifying why you have chosen to study the GDPA with reference to your personal and professional development goals.