Policy in Practice

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Policy in Practice delivers the essential toolkit for tomorrow’s public sector.

High performing public servants are adept at tackling complex policy challenges, from concept to delivery. This complexity means that an increasingly broad range of skills is required if you are to be effective in government. Policy in Practice will add new tools to your toolkit, sharpen your existing skills, and unleash your policy leadership potential. It is designed for people with some experience of policymaking to develop the capability to apply your skills in more complex policy environments. 

Nous Group and the Institute of Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA) will deliver a six day program that brings together a small group of public servants to engage with the latest techniques in policy design and delivery, and apply learnings to the contemporary policy challenges of government.

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Core Program

The core program will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to make a major contribution to policy development and policy implementation. 

Simulated Decision Making Process: Throughout this program, participants work in groups to apply their learning to a contemporary policy problem. Groups will apply new and innovative approaches to policy design and delivery to the policy problem during the facilitated sessions and will also be required to spend some time outside of the sessions preparing their response to the policy problem. 

Networks: The program provides opportunities for participants to build or reenergise their networks across the public service. These networks create strong bonds across agencies that endure throughout their careers.

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Learning benefits

Policy in Practice is ideal for those looking to challenge themselves and learn more about how government tackles complex policy questions  – not just in theory but in practice. 

The program has a strong practical focus that draws on emerging innovative approaches to policy design and delivery, which provides a unique opportunity to develop and apply new policy-making skills to the contemporary government and policymaking context. It has been developed to support the WA Public Sector Commission’s policy capability framework. Policy in Practice will directly address many of the capabilities outlined in the framework.

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Academic Credit at Murdoch University

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University support the Policy in Practice program. As part of IPAA WA’s ongoing partnership with the Sir Walter Murdoch School, delegates who complete Policy in Practice will be eligible to receive academic credit in the Sir Walter Murdoch School. This offer applies to new entrants in any of the Sir Walter Murdoch School’s Masters programs, including their Master of Public Policy and Management. Delegates accepted into these programs will receive 3 points of advance standing, worth approximately $3,000 dollars in unit fees.

This offer is valid for 2018 Policy in Practice delegates only. 


  • The program is designed to stretch participants and provide them with the tools to lead and deliver fundamental changes to policy in the increasingly complex and uncertain environments of contemporary government.
  • The program provides a platform to facilitate networking across agency silos and as such build long-lasting networks and relationships.
  • Course content will be developed in conjunction with WA government agencies.

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About Nous Group

Nous Group is highly regarded for its compelling work in building capability within federal and state governments. Nous works with many of Australia’s public sector systems and institutions. Our work traverses the development of public policy, government business strategy and plans, organisational design and change management, optimisation of technology investments, and the development of public sector leaders.

The Nous facilitation team bring a depth of government expertise, expert facilitation skills and insight into the creating a learning environment that encourages participants to grow and push their thinking.