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Local governments are community-focused public sector organisations with a diverse workforce and one overriding purpose: appropriate, effective and efficient delivery of local public services. Simultaneously, these organisations function in a political environment that needs to take account of the concerns of citizens.
This five-day professional development course explores contemporary trends of public sector administration and is designed to strengthen the knowledge and managerial practice of local government professionals. The program blends theory and principles with case studies, discussion forums and workshop sessions.
The sessions will provide foundational theory plus a range of perspectives on the practice and challenges of managing in local government. This course provides local public administrators with knowledge, skills and values that can help them to practice in a way that integrates local public service and democratic values with public management.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public sector professionals, particularly those working with or in local government.
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. Much of Bligh's work brings expertise in politics, political economy and applied ethics to public policy. He enjoys teaching a range of social science disciplines and working with scholars, practitioners and HDR candidates to produce academic research outputs and broader outcomes. Bligh has held positions as Lecturer in Business Ethics and Lecturer in Local Government at the UNE Business School, University of New England and Associate Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Southern Queensland. He has taught Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Asian Studies, Political Economy and Business Management at UNE, USQ and UTS. He contributes regularly to media on Australian politics, particularly on local government matters