• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Di Francesco
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

The course on Managing Government Finances aims to provide graduate students tools to understand and evaluate financial management within a public sector context. It provides those in public sector managerial positions with stronger grasp of management techniques and policy development and implementation skills relevant to a public sector environment.

The course includes a review and analysis of:

  • the methods of financial decision-making and of analysis,
  • development of evidence-based policy development and implementation,
  • a description of the Australian government system and its component parts, and
  • a review of recent developments in public sector financial management.

The course looks at key concepts in a range of government financial processes and applications. It examines the particular needs of managing finances in a public setting and the way accountability for financial operations is structured, practiced and held accountable.

The course is a mixture of principles and applications and focuses on a development of an understanding of managing government finances and an ability to apply these principles in practice.

The classes are a mixture of lectures, seminars, case studies and syndicate learning sessions and are multi-disciplinary in focus. No previous knowledge of finance, economics and accounting is assumed. The material starts from ‘ground zero’ (but moves fast).

The topics cover:

  • the Australian institutional and statutory governance structure,
  • the Australian Government budget formulation distribution and control,
  • the development of evidence-based financial policy,
  • financial management and performance at agency level,
  • management and accounting frameworks at the operational level,
  • governance implications of service delivery modes,
  • risk management in the context of a range of public sector settings,
  • accountability and audit including performance auditing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. To have an understanding of the framework of the Australian governmental system and its impacts on the roles and responsibilities of managers in the public sector;
  2. To have an understanding of the systems applicable a federal governmental system relating to budgeting, financial management, accounting and audit;
  3. To be able to analysis government financial performance including both successes and failures of public financial management.
  4. To be able to develop evidenced-based policy development in a financial context.
  5. To evaluate the effectiveness of financial performance and audit and accountability mechanisms.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus. 

The course is delivered using a mixture or lectures, case studies, syndicate group discussions. Participation in and preparation for classes is essential.


Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Individual assignment Written report of no more than 3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Group assignment Written report of no more than 4000 words (50) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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Class contact is for 30 hours over five days. Students should plan to allocate a minimum of 100 to 160 hours of your time to this course, including pre-reading and time taken on case studies and assignments.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

See Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
7440 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View
7580 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View

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