The course examines the role of government in Australia and its mechanisms for control over public expenditures and resources to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness in government activities. It considers the public sector environment and how it differs from private markets, including the roles of externalities and accountability. It examines major issues in public sector financial management; the use of cash and accrual accounting information systems; management of financial and physical assets including environmental and heritage considerations; marketisation of public sector activities; performance measurement issues for departments of state; management and performance of government business enterprises including privatisation issues; public sector audits and roles of the Auditor General and accountability issues; role of the budget, budget process and management, and cash and accrual budgeting systems.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the role of government in a modern democratic society;
2. Critically evaluate the differences between the public sector and the business sector parts of the economy, and the implications of these differences for accountability, financial management, accounting, budgeting and performance measurement;
3. Identify and analyse major issues in public sector accountability, financial management, accounting, budgeting and performance measurement.
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Indicative AssessmentTypical assessment may include, but is not restricted to, class participation, assignment(s), quizzes and examination(s) as appropriate to assess the learning outcomes of the course
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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 10 hours a week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (including non-teaching weeks) on course, reading, writing and assignment work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7553||21 Jul 2025||28 Jul 2025||31 Aug 2025||24 Oct 2025||In Person||N/A|