Holistic Policy Design


To provide a clear framework for understanding the determinants of Australia’s economic, social and environmental future and how good public policy can best contribute to this.


The course will look at each area of economy, society, and environment. It starts with the determinants of economic growth. Particular attention will be paid to investment in the future through education and skills, infrastructure and innovation, plus competition reform. 

The implications of these for growth equity and sustainability will then be reviewed, and the place of institutions and behaviours, including management and leadership, in underpinning this will be examined.

Finally, how evidence-based policy formation for these policy areas can proceed is covered.

Interaction with fellow participants and staff will be encouraged and practical applications used.


Upon completion, participants will have a clear framework for thinking through the context in which the major Commonwealth and Territory policies operate, how they relate to each other and to “triple bottom line” national outcomes, and how evidence is used to support such policy.

This framework approach especially assists those seeking advancement in policy-oriented public agencies, or those seeking to influence policy formation looking to Australia’s future in leadership positions.


ANU’s Professor Glenn Withers will deliver this course. He draws on his experience as an adviser to the Hawke, Keating, Howard, and Abbott government, as CEO of Universities Australia and now as the President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Professor Withers designed the points system for Australian immigration. 

Cost and Conditions:

The complete program costs $900 with a 20% discount for five or more enrolments from a single organisation. No prerequisites are required. A certificate of participation will be provided upon completion. The program delivery is capped at twenty, to allow discussion and any individual attention needed for learning or focus on participant interests.

Location and Time:

The program requires attendance at two three-hour sessions on consecutive days. It can be provided on demand for enrolments of ten or more and customised to particular interests.   The presently scheduled program will operate 9.30am- 12.30pm with a short tea break at the BLI Training Facility.

Program Dates 2018: 9-10 May*

*Minimum class size applies.

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