Public Sector

Information for Department Secretaries, Chief Executives, departments and agencies

The Graduate School of Government (GSG) at the University of Sydney runs tertiary level professional development programs in Public Administration designed specifically for the NSW public sector that departments and agencies can access to develop their workforce.

It is a management program specifically for senior public sector managers to develop the right capabilities for a modern public service. At the centre of the GSG is the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA) designed to develop leaders as self reflective practitioners, with knowledge grounded in policy, public expenditure management and strategy within a whole of government framework.

Application process for Centrally Funded Positions

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.

Three Stage Application Process

There are three stages to the process:

  1. Agency selection. (May to July) Agencies rank all applicants and forward applications to the NSW Public Service Commission.
  2. Scholarship selection. (July to September) The NSW Public Service Commission assess and determine which applicants are to receive central funded places. These applications are then sent through to the Graduate School of Government.
  3. Admissions process. (October - December) The GSG assess all applicants as to whether they meet entry requirements for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration.

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;
  • a copy of your permanent residency visa if you are an Australian Permanent Resident;
  • 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.