Advanced Policy Development

Advanced Policy Development



In-house Enquiry


This course is also available for in-house delivery. For more information please contact the Learning team on 02 8066 1900 or email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au for a quote.

Course Overview


This course is a comprehensive two-day interactive course covering all the skills needed to formulate, advise and implement strategy policy outcomes. The course gives learners a better understanding of all aspects of the policy process, including the processes by which policies are defined, developed, implemented and evaluated, the impact of the political system on policy making, and the importance of internal and external consultation in achieving policy objectives.

"I highly recommend the Advanced Policy course run by Dr Randal Stewart. The content is both challenging and enriching and is perfectly calibrated with the requirements of the NSW Public Sector."
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Learning Outcomes


  • Gather and manage policy research and evidence using networking to lead consultation with other agencies, government and industry to determine policy direction
  • Analyse policy problems using sophisticated information and data analysis techniques to break down tasks into manageable parts in a systematic way
  • Formulate results-focused policy with implementation in mind from the outset
  • Deliver high impact, persuasive policy messages appropriate to the political and policy context
  • Build monitoring, review and performance measures into policy work.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Staff who can undertake and analyse policy relevant research and evidence including the political implications of the policy being developed
  • Staff who can develop policy in a professional manner appropriate to the political, policy and stakeholder context.
  • Staff who understand the need to achieve policy results and know how to monitor, review and performance manage policy

Benefits to you

  • Increased confidence in undertaking complex policy tasks
  • Ability to lead a policy team in beginning, and developing and arguing a policy to a decision point
  • Ability to appreciate the results focus as the driver for policy achievability and measurability and for successful implementation

"Incredibly informative and informed facilitator, good sense of humour and excellent willingness to share more information, explore ideas and open to other thoughts."
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Course Facilitator

Dr Randal Stewart




Dr Randal Stewart has written, researched, practised and trained in public policy for over twenty years. He was previously a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney. Randal currently works within the Strategy and Public Policy Practice on political nous, public policy, strategic management and public affairs. His main focus is on government but he also consults on organisation strategy and public affairs in the private sector.

"An outstanding facilitator - great breadth and depth of knowledge - with a focus on learning with immediate relevance to the work of attendees. And genuinely entertaining to boot! "
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Enquiries: For more information on our learning programs, please contact the IPAA NSW Learning Team on 02 8066 1900 or email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au.