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Public Sector Governance

Exploring frameworks of governance, this course will introduce you to the significance of governance in achieving performance and accountability goals. In this course you will develop the skills required to understand and navigate different governance systems and appreciate their underlying values, with a focus on efficient and effective policy formation and implementation.

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 the ways in which public sector organisations are governed, approaches to governance in different public sector institutional environments and how effective and sustainable these governance approaches are.

Course structure

The following content will be covered in 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
  • Board governance in authorities and companies
  • Participatory governance frameworks
  • The regulation of governance
  • Challenges and issues for governance in an era of uncertainty.

Learning outcomes

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

  • An understanding governance and its impact on how organisations are structured, make decisions, and exercise powers
  • An appreciation the vital role of governance in managing performance, relationships and accountabilities
  • The ability to interpret and apply key governance concepts, principles and policies
  • An understanding that systems of governance and public administration are responsive to the evolution of governance thinking and practice over time
  • An understanding of the origins and architecture of governance in the Australian public sector, and the relevance to other jurisdictions with comparable Westminster-based systems
  • The ability to interpret governance from a series of societal, governmental, sectoral and organisational perspectives
  • The ability to use the analytical tools for understanding the formulation, regulation and practice of governance
  • An appreciation for how emerging societal changes present key challenges to the system of governance and policy development.

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.



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

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This short course is designed for future leaders and current managers, executives looking to improve governance systems within their organisations.



22 August




4 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.

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Book a session

Mon 22 Aug 2022 -
Thu 22 Sep 2022
Expert: Thomas Clarke
  • UTS City Campus
  • Online
  • 4 sessions, 32 hours total
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