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Introduction to Public policy

Prepare for a policy career in the public sector, with private agencies or with not-for-profit organisations. Combine theoretical and practical approaches to public policy. Explore the latest issues and approaches to policy at a local, national and global level.

Engage with the process of policy formation, and understand how to create an environment for successful delivery of programs. Examine the societal and political contexts that can influence policy creation and delivery.
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Why study public policy online?

Studying online means that you can work in your learning around what you’re doing, whether you have a background in public policy, or you’re exploring a new direction.

Public policy highlights

  • Examine the delivery of policy programs.
  • Explore links between evidence, policy and practice.
  • Learn how public policy reform can be influenced.

Public policy specialisations

  • Understand how to engage stakeholders during the policy formation process.
  • Explore the potential and limits of public policy.
  • Communicate and explain new and existing policy to communities.

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