Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Support the frameworks of society  

Public policy shapes our lives. It governs everything from how we do business, to how our health, welfare and education systems operate, and how our nation engages with the world.

Those who set and/or influence policy can create profound change by improving things like community equity, diversity, wellbeing, security and prosperity. Our Graduate Certificate in Public Policy starts you on that path.


What will you do?

Studied over six months full-time, the graduate certificate provides a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in policy processes, analysis and design, and governance institutions.

The degree is highly interdisciplinary. It integrates knowledge from the University’s world-class experts in: politics; international relations; economics; law; environmental and social sciences; strategic communications; philosophy and more. You will gain awareness of:

  • the political, legal and ethical issues affecting public policy
  • public policy's underlying economic principles
  • effective community engagment processes.

Where could it take you?

Upon graduation you will be on your way to a career in politics or the public service. You could support policy analysis and response in a major industry body or consulting firm. Perhaps you’ll help a large company, a lobbying organisation, or not-for-profit comply with relevant policy. You could also go on to further study with our Graduate Diploma in, or Master of, Public Policy.

  • Learn with our world-class discipline experts
  • Specialise in policy processes and government institutions
  • advance your skills to design & implement complex environments

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC111
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC111

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $15,000

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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Potential careers

Manager / Business Management, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Development Manager, Non Government Organisation Worker, PR Advisor, Consultant, Policy Adviser, Contract Manager, Policy Developer, Political Analyst, Project Manager, Diplomat, Diplomatic corps, Environment Protection Officer, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Project Officer, Social Worker, Government Policy Advisor, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022