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Applied ethics for state and local government

Avoid code-of-conduct missteps. Learn to make informed assessments about what is good and bad, right and wrong in local and state government with this ethics and moral reasoning course for executives, managers and leaders.

About this course

Integrate ethics and moral code more deeply into your workplace. Avoid your organisation being darkened by shades of impropriety or corruption. Get an understanding of local government practices blended with applied ethics and the operation of law. Learn the key concepts and theories in ethical and moral reasoning in this five-day course.


Course Structure 

Take a deep-dive into applied ethics and the operation of the rule of law. Understand how these apply to the practices of state and local government in Australia in particular. Apply these learnings across a broad range of practices – professional, management and leadership.

This five-day course teaches you the key concepts and theories in ethical and moral reasoning, blended with government practices.

This course has four main focus areas;

  • Complexity in values
  • Ethical concepts
  • Mechanisms of oversight
  • Tools for implementing ethics.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts in ethical and moral reasoning, including deviance, corruption, stakeholder theory and the state.
  • Understand how these concepts apply to you and your organisation - how are ethical and moral principles implemented in institutions for decision-making, managing and interacting with stakeholders
  • Focus on state and local government mechanisms of oversight, censure and reward – including negotiating these institutional mechanisms
  • Apply these learnings to a broad range of professional, management and leadership practices.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Individuals who work with, or for, local and state governments and are motivated by moral and ethical decision making.



03 August




5 days

Meet the Expert

Dr Professor Bligh Grant

Dr Professor Bligh Grant
Associate Professor, IPPG

Dr Professor Bligh Grant is Associate Professor at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government. He is Course Coordinator of the Master of Local Government program at UTS. He is co-author of three books, Local Government in Australia: History, Theory and Public Policy (2017; with Joseph Drew) and Funding the Future (2013) and Councils in Cooperation (2012) (both with Brian Dollery and Michael Kortt). He is co-editor of Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim (2018) with Cathy Yang Liu and Lin Ye. Recent co-authored scholarly articles have appeared in Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Policy and Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Local Government Studies and Australian Planner. He contributes regularly to media on Australian politics, particularly on local government matters.

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Mon 03 Aug 2020 -
Tue 08 Sep 2020
Expert: Dr Professor Bligh Grant
  • 3-5 August and 7-8 September 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus
  • On-campus
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