cart Cart
Your cart
Your cart is empty

Browse courses to find something that interests you.

Register search

Governance for the Public Sector

This short course will help build your understanding of a range of governance practices and how they contribute to efficient, effective and sustainable enterprise in the public sector.

About this course

Governance for the Public Sector will examine how aligning public sector values and objectives to systems of corporate governance will produce diverse strategies and improved results.

This short course will provide an understanding of:

    1.  The ways in which public sector organisations are governed.

    2.  Approaches to governance in different public sector institutional environments.

    3.  How effective and sustainable these governance approaches are.

Course structure

The following content will be covered during this course:

  • The concepts, meanings and components of governance.
  • Distinctions between private and public governance and the specific values of public governance.
  • The reform of governance and different modes of governance.
  • The governance relationships between political and executive arms of government.
  • Challenges and issues for governance in an era of digital transformation and uncertainty.

Session one

   1.  Dimensions of governance for the public sector

  • Governance conceptions, changes, and challenges
  • The development of corporate and public governance.

   2.  Exploring tensions in public governance

  • Tensions between political and executive arms of government
  • Sources of tensions in integrating authorities and agencies
  • Coordination and collaboration within government and with external bodies.

Session 2

   3.  Systems of governance

  • Central steering and coordination
  • Governance styles and issues
  • Departmental governance.

   4.  External accountabilities and relationships

  • Issues in public governance
  • Stakeholder relationships
  • Digital transformation of governance.

Course delivery 

This course will use a variety of educational formats including case study analyses, small group discussion, role play exercises and speaker panels. It involves continuous and substantial participation by participants to apply knowledge from their specific workplace contexts and experiences and to learn from each other.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this short course, you will have:

  • A contemporary grasp of the nature of public sector governance, providing transferable skills across public sector management
  • A clearer understanding of the significance of governance in defining accountabilities and relationships, as well as supporting and measuring performance.



  • Participants attending this governance course are encouraged to bring their laptops to engage in searches, case analyses and group work.

Who is this course for?

This short course has been designed for managers and executives who have an interest in public sector governance. It is also suitable for those persons in industries and companies that work closely with the public sector or organisations that operate with social, co-operative or public service principles in the delivery of their services or products.



07 September




2 days

Meet the Expert

Thomas Clarke

Thomas Clarke

Thomas is Professor of Management at UTS, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and the inaugural Sir Adrian Cadbury Scholar in Corporate Governance of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). He is a member of the UTS Centre for Business and Social Innovation.

Thomas has conducted extensive international research on public policy issues for the United Nations, OECD, British Council, Commonwealth Government, Commonwealth Treasury, and NSW Health.

He has written extensively on new public sector management and has taught postgraduate and professional courses at the University of Paris, University of Geneva, China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, FGV Business School, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and UNAM Business School, Mexico City.

More Less

Book a session

Tue 07 Sep 2021 -
Wed 08 Sep 2021
Expert: Thomas Clarke
  • UTS City Campus
  • On-campus
  • 2 sessions, 14 hours total
We use cookies

We use cookies to help personalise content, tailor and measure ads, plus provide a safer experience. By navigating the site, you agree to the use of cookies to collect information. Read our Cookie Policy to learn more.