• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

Public policy in Australia is, and will continue to be unsettled by First Nation's self-determination, sovereignty and resurgence until these concepts are embraced by policy. This course will equip those working in and around public policy processes to understand ongoing contentions that the public policy process brings, and to better work to support First Nation's self-determination and wellbeing in the Australian specific context.


The course will outline important challenges when considering in public policy in Australia and will focus students on active engagement using tailored case studies and exercises drawing on real life scenarios. The course will provide participants with a tool kit of diverse conceptual and practical approaches that can be applied to various policy fields affecting First Nation's people, which will help prepare public policy processes to support First Nation's self-governance.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the major public policy challenges confronting First Nations people and how those challenges affect First Nations lives in Australia.
  2. Analyse and better public policy affecting First Nations people.
  3. Understand the elements of meaningful consultation, Indigenous led policy design and settler-reflexivity in the policy development process.
  4. Work towards preparing public policy processes to support First Nations self-governance.

Other Information

Case study material to be provided closer to the course’s commencement

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Policy Case Study (55) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Presentation of policy case study (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course is offered as both an executive education two day course with no assessment, and a three day/three unit course that feeds into the Masters of Public Administration with assessment. The total assessment for the three unit course is equivalent to 4000 words.

18 contact hours and 40-50 non-contact hours for degree students.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Moreton-Robinson, A. (2007). Sovereign Subjects: Indigenous Sovereignty Matters. Sydney: New South Wales, Allen & Unwin (Introductory chapter)

Tess Lea (2020), Wild Policy: Indigenous Benefits Under Continuing Settler Occupation, Stanford University Press.


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:
3 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.

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3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $2220
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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