Higher education institutions are being invited to tender to manage the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) Public Sector Management Program.
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The APSC said the aim was to ensure the course’s curriculum was updated and delivered across all States and Territories in Australia.
It said the program had been operating since 1991 when then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke proposed its creation as a cooperative venture between the Federal, State and Territory Governments to cater for the strong demand for professional education and management training within Government.
“The course’s core qualification is the well-regarded Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, which is awarded to all successful participants who are normally nominated and sponsored by their employers,” the APSC said.
South Australia’s Flinders University has been running the program since 2008 and after two extensions its contract ended in August.
Now the APSC is recontesting the contract to find an educational institution to update the curriculum and deliver the program after the present curriculum was reviewed by the Curriculum Review Committee in 2012.
The APSC said it had concluded from that review that the program needed a full curriculum refresh to maintain it as a “key public sector practical management skills development tool, tailored for local contextualisation to the participating jurisdictions”.
According to the tender documents, the program delivery will begin in Semester One, 2015 and continue until completion of the contract, which will run for five years and may be extended for two further periods of one year each.
Edition 384, 22 October 2013