Public Budgets and Financial Management

Subject PPMN90033 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 01-Aug-2016 to 09-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 06-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Aug-2016
Census Date 19-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 16-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours: 4 hours per week of seminars in Weeks 2 - 7 of Semester 2.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Entry into the Master of Public Policy and Management.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Political Science at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Stephen Peterson


Subject Overview:

Public sector budget frameworks are premised on efficiency, effectiveness and the ethical use and management of taxpayer’s money, and accountability under legislation, the audit process, the estimates committee process, and more broadly to parliament, the public, the media and private contractors. This subject considers how public managers and ministers work within these frameworks to balance at times competing objectives and political undercurrents. Students will be introduced to the budget cycle, fraud control plans, audit committees and the Auditor-General, tendering and procurement, risk management, appropriations and more recent innovations such as the Charter of Budget Honesty and the Parliamentary Budget Office. Students will acquire practical skills in how to manage public expenditure and to design tax and social welfare systems, while also appreciating how budgets are political and the interplay between governments and capital markets.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • developed a clear understanding of how government is financed;
  • an awareness of the macroeconomic framework underpinning public policy;
  • developed a greater understanding of the different accountability and political processes; and
  • acquired a range of practical and analytical skills applicable to designing and working with budgets.
  • An issues paper of 500 words (10%). Due in the first week of the subject.
  • Individual paper of 2000 words & group presentation (40%). Due in week 3 of the subject, with individual paper submitted after the presentation.
  • Case paper of 2500 words (50%). Due in the week after the intensive teaching period has concluded.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Required readings will be made available electronically via the subject LMS site at the beginning of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods.
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments.
  • able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Public Policy and Management
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Public Policy and Management
PC-ARTS Public Policy and Management
PD-ARTS Public Policy and Management

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