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What you will learn
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A strong understanding of how governments are financed is critical for managers tackling our most important contemporary public policy challenges.
This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for professionals who work in or with governments who would like to better understanding how government budgets work, and develop the skills to read, understand, and explain them.
Grasp the foundations of public financial management
Enrich your understanding of public finance by exploring the laws, organisations, systems and procedures used by governments. Demystify key macroeconomic frameworks and trends in fiscal policy including the adoption of private sector practices and public accountability processes.
Understand how budgets shape public policy and programs
Critically analyse how budgets and financial management impact the design and rollout of public policy and programs, and take a closer look at the politics of the budget cycle.
Gain tools to better manage expenditure in public sector organisations
Learn tools, frameworks and concepts that can help you better interpret the effects of government spending decisions, and make stronger submissions for public funding.
Put your knowledge into practice in a policy brief
Drawing on your new knowledge, you'll develop a policy brief or implementation plan and confidently justify your recommendations to solve an important problem or create public value.
Who you will learn from
Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.
Associate Professor Stephen Kinsella
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Limerick; senior fellow, University of Melbourne; research associate, Brown University.
Stephen's research uses national accounting data to make better models. He's particularly interested in the economics of small open economies like Ireland, and health systems research. He is also chief economics writer for The Currency, has been a columnist with the Sunday Business Post, and has written for the Guardian, New York Times and Irish Independent.
To take Government Budget Essentials as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.
$1990.00 AUD (inc GST)
Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.
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