Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane (GMT+10): 9am to 1pm
Adelaide (GMT+9:30): 8.30am to 1.30pm
Perth, Singapore, Malaysia (GMT+8): 7am to 11am
New Zealand (GMT+12): 11am to 3pm
Government policy-making frequently occurs under significant time pressures and high expectations for outcomes from stakeholders and the broader community. Policy professionals must build their ability to operate in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environments while still meeting expectations around rigour and good governance.
In order to respond to this challenge, policy and project professionals working in government should build the toolkit required to deliver policy quickly and under high pressure. This requires skills in delivering both technical and cultural change as part of policy-making practice. Policy-makers must reflect on the changing needs of government, learn from other fields about how pressure impacts their work, and develop the skills and experience that they must acquire to meet these challenges.
This half-day masterclass will explore the impact of time pressure on the traditional policy cycle drawing on insights from the fields of public sector management, policy theory and crisis management. The masterclass will encourage practitioners to reflect on their own professional context and actively plan for how they can contribute to better policy under pressure.
- Consider the current government policy-making context
- Understand the policy cycle and how it is impacted under pressure
- Explore high profile government case studies of policy under pressure
- Consider how experience from crisis management can be applied to policy
- Reflect on your own professional context to identify how pressure is experienced
- Identify the key drivers of pressure in your department or agency
- Explore options to respond to pressures and deliver policy in your context
- Build a plan to translate course content into practice
Featuring Our Speakers
Strategy & Policy, Mental Health and Wellbeing Division
Department of Health
Eleanor Williams is a public policy and evaluation professional with over 15 years’ experience working with the public sector. Eleanor is currently the Executive Director of Policy and Strategy at the Victorian Department of Health. She previously held executive level roles in the Department of Health’s Covid-19 Directions Policy Unit and Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence.
Eleanor holds Masters level qualifications in Evaluation, Public Policy and Management and has guest lectured for the University of Melbourne. Eleanor co-founded the Australian Public Sector Evaluation Network and is a Board member of the Australian Evaluation Society.
Who should attend?
Government policy and project professionals working in high pressure or time constrained contexts who want to build their skills in delivering high quality policy.
- Government policy-making context
- What we can learn from crisis management
- Reflective practice