• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2022
    See Future Offerings

This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

Public Financial Management covers a range of resource management practices that underpin policy-making in contemporary government, including fiscal rules to guide government spending and borrowing, multi-year expenditure frameworks that capture the longer-term impacts of current policy decisions, and performance-based budgeting to inform the level and relative priority of funding allocations. This unit introduces key conceptual and practical knowledge to integrate financial and non-financial performance in the public sector, and how to apply it to generate public value.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
LO1 Recognise the major theoretical frameworks and concepts that underpin contemporary public sector budget and financial management processes 
LO2 Explain how government is financed 
LO3 Evaluate the applications of finance principles to the evaluation of public sector projects 
LO4 Analyse different accountability and political processes LO5 Demonstrate the skills applicable to designing and working with budgets

Indicative Assessment

Expenditure Analysis Presentation (10 minutes presentation + 10 minutes Q&A + Slideshow of 15 slides (max) 20% 
Budgeting Systems Policy Brief (2000 words) 30% 
Public Financial Management Research report (3,500 words) 50% 

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


42 hours of class contact, and an additional 80 hours of private study

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must be enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration.

Preliminary Reading

Allen, R. and Tommasi, D. 2001. Managing Public Expenditures: A Reference Book for Transition Countries. Paris: OECD.
Bandy, G. 2015. Financial Management and Accounting in the Public Sector. Second Edition. London: Routledge.
Bouckaert, G. and Halligan, J. 2007. Managing Performance: International Comparisons. London: Routledge.
Boston, J., Martin, J., Pallot, J. and Walsh, P. 1996. Public Management: The New Zealand Model. Auckland: Oxford University Press.
Forster, J. and Wanna, J. 1990. Budgetary Management and Control: The Public Sector in Australasia. Melbourne: Macmillan.
Heclo, H. and Wildavsky, A. 1974. The Private Government of Public Money: Community and Policy Inside British Politics. London: Macmillan.
Hood, C. and Dixon, R. 2015. A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Olson, O., Guthrie, J. and Humphrey, C. 1998. Global Warning! Debating International Developments in New Public Financial Management. Oslo: Cappelen Akademisk Forlag.
Pollitt, C. and Bouckaert, G. 2011. Public Management Reform: A Comparative Analysis. New Public Management, Governance and the Neo-Weberian State. Third Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Savoie, D. 1990. The Politics of Public Spending in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Schick, A. 1996. The Spirit of Reform: Managing the New Zealand State Sector in a Time of Change. Wellington: State Services Commission and Treasury.
Shah, A. 2007. Ed. Budgeting and Budgetary Institutions. Washington DC: World Bank.
Thain, C. and Wright, M. 1995. The Treasury and Whitehall: The Planning and Control of Public Expenditure1976-1993. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Wanna, J., Kelly, J. and Forster, J. 2000. Managing Public Expenditure in Australia. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Wanna, J., Jensen, L. and de Vries, J. 2003. Controlling Public Expenditure: The Changing Roles Central Budget Agencies. Better Guardians? Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Wanna, J., Jensen, L. and de Vries, J. 2010. The Reality of Budgetary Reform in OECD Nations: Trajectories and Consequences. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Wanna, J., Lindquist, E. and de Vries, J. 2015. The Global Financial Crisis and it Budget Impacts in OECD Nations: Fiscal Responses and Future Challenges. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Willoughby, K. 2014. Public Budgeting in Context: Structure, Law, Reform and Results. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
World Bank. 1998. Public Expenditure Management Handbook. Washington DC: World Bank.


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
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4672 29 Jul 2022 12 Aug 2022 19 Aug 2022 16 Sep 2022 In-Person and Online N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions