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What you will learn

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A strong understanding of how governments are funded 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 a better understanding of how government budgets work, and develop the skills to read, understand, and explain them.

Grasp the foundations of the budget cycle and how government budgets work

Enrich your understanding of public finance by exploring the laws, organisations, systems and procedures used by governments. Demystify the budget cycle and explore trends in fiscal policy, funding and budgets that will shape the future work of the public sector.

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 understand the requirements for budget funding submissions and its accountability if successful.

Put your knowledge into practice in a policy brief

Drawing on your new knowledge, you'll develop a policy brief or implementation plan requiring funding and confidently justify your recommendations to solve an important problem or create public value.

This Melbourne MicroCert is offered by the Melbourne School of Government. Sign up to the School’s monthly e-news for course, research and event updates.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Melissa Skilbeck

Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government

Melissa has extensive experience of strategy, policy, regulation and reform in both public and private sectors. She has served in numerous Deputy Secretary roles in the Victorian Public Sector, including as Deputy Secretary, Budget and Finance in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. She has also been a Partner, Economics and Strategic Advisory at Deloitte.

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Designed by leading experts from the Melbourne School of Government, this series of Melbourne MicroCerts will equip you with the analytical skills needed to understand the complexities of public management. You'll enhance your ability to think and plan strategically, develop your knowledge of public policymaking, and learn to work confidently with governments to solve society's most pressing challenges.

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For individuals

To take Government Budget Essentials as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1190.00 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.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Government Budget Essentials, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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