- Code POGO8057
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Michael Di Francesco
- Mode of delivery In Person
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
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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;
- To have an understanding of the systems applicable a federal governmental system relating to budgeting, financial management, accounting and audit;
- To be able to analysis government financial performance including both successes and failures of public financial management.
- To be able to develop evidenced-based policy development in a financial context.
- To evaluate the effectiveness of financial performance and audit and accountability mechanisms.
The course is delivered using a mixture or lectures, case studies, syndicate group discussions. Participation in and preparation for classes is essential.
- Quiz (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Individual assignment Written report of no more than 3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- 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.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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