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Professional Learning Program

Developing Policy Acumen


Early bird: $1080 (inc GST) | Full price $1350 (inc GST)




1 day


24 October 2024


Are you new to government and policy-making, taking on a policy support role or looking to enhance your policy acumen? This program will guide participants through the key aspects of policy-making and help them navigate policy design and development with greater confidence and capability.

This one-day workshop provides participants with a range of tools to tackle policy problems in contemporary society. It provides them with foundational knowledge for strategic policy work, as well as how innovative approaches may be used to solve policy dilemmas. The workshop also provides participants with knowledge of how government works and the context in which ministers must make decisions. In doing so, the workshop aims to build the confidence and capacity of policy practitioners to design and deliver effective policy outcomes.

Foundational knowledge and research-grounded concepts about public policy and government are critical elements in a policy practitioner’s toolkit. The allow those working in policy roles to enhance their capacity to make a positive impact on policy outcomes.

This one-day workshop will cover the components of policy-making and use case studies, group discussion and small group work to enable active participation and learning.

What will you learn?

This workshop will build the confidence and capacity of participants to build and apply a conceptual toolkit to address practical policy problems in contemporary society.

Participants will be able to:

  • explain and apply key concepts including Public Value
  • explain and apply innovations in policy design and delivery including co-design
  • develop knowledge of the structures and operation of government
  • develop knowledge of the ‘world of ministers’

On completion of this course, participants will gain skills in:

  • Strategic policy-making
  • Navigating government
  • Innovations in policy design including human-centred design, co-design
  • Understanding and working with ministers
  • Policy in practice including evaluation and behavioural approaches

The workshop will provide practical guidance that builds participants’ capability and confidence in designing, developing and delivering public policy. It will equip participants with a research-grounded tool kit that can be applied to addressing practical policy problems.

Who should attend?

Those new to government, policy making or policy support roles.

Key People

Dr Zareh Ghazarian will outline what is involved in developing policy, how to work within the structures of government and actively observe and guide the group work discussions.

Event Details


  • Program 1: 26 March 2024 (registrations closed)
  • Program 2: 19 June 2024 (registrations closed)
  • Program 3: 24 October 2024

Duration: 1 day, 10am-4.30pm (AET)

Location: Online

PLEASE NOTE: There will be some short pre-readings to complete before the session. 


  • Early bird: $1080 (inc GST)
  • Full price:$1350 (inc GST) 

ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount.

Every person who completes the Executive Master of Public Administration, Executive Fellows Program, Deputies Leadership Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni. Only one discount is redeemable for each registration.

Got a question?

To enquire about this course, please contact ANZSOG’s Program Delivery team with the program name as the subject line to e.education@anzsog.edu.au or call us on +61 3 8344 1984.

Read our cancellation, transfer and refund policy.