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Respond to the challenges of government cycles

Whether you want to pursue a career in the public sector or gain expert insight into working with government organisations, you'll stand out from the crowd with a Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis from Queensland's leaders in government and international relations. Our team of experts will teach you to think differently and give you the professional skills necessary to survive and thrive in a dynamic and complex operating environment.

It is ideal for technical specialists wanting to take the step up into leadership or other, more senior roles. Public sector professionals will also gain competitive advantage from enhancing their knowledge and skills in order to seek promotion or developmental opportunities, and to position themselves for opportunities arising from policy changes at Commonwealth or State level.

NEW scholarships - Second round applications close 3 Feb

BusinessPLUS scholarships

We offer three new BusinessPLUS scholarship categories this year, which seek to reward potential as well as excellence - so it’s worthwhile investigating whether you might qualify to receive one. Scholarships can cover tuition fees, education and living expenses. You can apply if you are coming straight from year 12, or if you have left high school and are applying to start an undergraduate university degree. They add to over 600 scholarships available at Griffith. You can also apply for multiple scholarships with just one application; we’ll match you with the Griffith University scholarship you are eligible for and it's free.

What is BusinessPLUS?

When you study Business at Griffith you get more than just a high-quality degree. You get the BusinessPLUS advantage. BusinessPLUS is a program designed to give Griffith business school students the skills and networks they will later rely on in the workplace. Open to any Griffith Business School student, the program caters for beginners as well as those who have more advanced skills. BusinessPLUS combines skills based, career management training with opportunities for internships, our mentoring program and industry engagement projects that introduce you to the business networks you’ll rely on later.

BusinessPLUS Academic Excellence Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, OP 1-8

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BusinessPLUS Transition Scholarships

Valued between $7,500 - $10,000, OP 9-14

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BusinessPLUS First Peoples Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, open to first peoples

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Become a researcher

If you are considering ongoing research study, Griffith Business School has a number of disciplines where you can specialise by studying a PHD.

Learn about becoming a researcher

Didn’t quite make the cut?

If you did not quite qualify for your favourite degree, you can still come to Griffith. Study a diploma or Master’s qualifying program at Griffith College and you’ll receive credit into a range of bachelor and master’s degrees at Griffith Business School.

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Study public policy analysis at Griffith

Globally respected teaching and research

Griffith University has ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for politics and international studies for the past three years. Our staff have an international reputation for research excellence and are in high demand in industry and government around the world. We have been at the forefront of political research and education for more than 25 years, bringing together some of Australia's leading researchers, teachers and practitioners in the areas of political science, public policy, governance, and international relations.

On-campus Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis

Structured to meet the needs of working policy officers, the on-campus offering of the GCPA at South Bank is available to public servants working at the local, state or federal level only. The intensive delivery of the degree provides you with additional opportunities to network with officers from across government and non-government sectors. You’ll learn from expert external speakers who are at the forefront of current policy developments in Australia and beyond.

Entry to the on-campus Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis is competitive with a limited number of places available each year. You must be sponsored by your agency or department to participate.

Nominations now open

Queensland public sector agencies are now invited to nominate their staff for the 2019 student intake of the on-campus Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis.

Email or call (07) 3735 4204 for further information.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis

If you regularly interact with local, state or national government agencies, the online GCPA will provide you with a better understanding of the forces that shape policy-making in Australia in order to leverage this knowledge to your organisation's advantage.

You’ll be able to manage your degree in your own time and schedule your study to suit your work and life commitments. Using online tools, you’ll collaborate with other students and your teachers and have 24/7 access to a range of learning resources.

Pathway to further studies

If you want to further your knowledge, the Master of Public Administration could be the next step in your career. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing (equivalent to four courses) towards the Master of Public Administration.

Ongoing connections

The knowledge gained and connections made during your GCPA studies will help you build a solid career. But it doesn't end when you graduate. As a member of GCPA Connect, you'll have ongoing access to a community of policy and public administration professionals including alumni, current students, academics, and experts in the field.

Postgraduate Scholarships

We know that coming back to study can be a big decision. That's why Griffith Business School offers a range of postgraduate scholarships to support new students, like you, to successfully complete your degree through direct financial support.

5-Star Rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Andrew Mahon

Andrew Mahon commenced an executive leadership role while studying a Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis at Griffith. He embraced new leadership responsibilities in relation to public policy. 'My GCPA study helped me to challenge my thinking when striving to provide the best possible policy advice,' Andrew says. His new role incorporates the policy agenda for registration, licensing, industry authorisation and accreditation. 'Working through practical examples during the GCPA allowed me to work on a variety of topics. The vast majority of policy issues are complex, challenging and can't always follow uniform processes.'

Andrew Mahon

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.


Over 600 Scholarships available

Career outcomes

98% of Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis graduates would recommend the program to others in the public sector*

As a graduate, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to advance your career in government

You will have an enhanced capacity to work with and for organisations that deal with government on a daily basis. You'll find opportunities in a variety of occupations throughout all levels of government. Specialist positions can also be found in a variety of non-government organisations such as industry organisations and lobby groups both nationally and internationally, consultants to the private sector, and in high profile positions in large private sector firms who conduct large amounts of valuable business with the public sector.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate you'll be eligible for 40 credit points of advanced standing towards the Master of Public Administration.

*2012 Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis Review

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Saturday 16 December — Thursday 21 December

Know Your Options - Online

Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.

*Excluding Sunday 17 December.

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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August

Open Day 2019

With 240 information sessions, activities and tours across our Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses, discover what’s possible at Griffith.

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