Machinery of Government

17 November 2009

An exciting new collaboration has paved the way for greater understanding in the NT Public Sector about the structure, cycles and processes of government and the different interlocking arenas in which public servants operate.

The collaboration has involved the Chair of Governance at the Charles Darwin University and officers of the Department of the Chief Minister and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment. This has resulted in the development of two NTPS Machinery of Government courses to give public sector employees an introduction to this topic covering both academic and practical learning.

The objective of the courses is to directly enhance participants’ understanding of the broader interrelated contexts in which they operate so as to improve the effectiveness of governance and service delivery in the NTPS. The courses are delivered by CDU and consist of a one-day overview course on “Selected Governance Perspectives” and a four-day introductory course entitled “Governance, Institutions and Policy”. The four-day course includes sessions by guest speakers from across the NT Government from statutory office holders and such areas as the Cabinet Office and NT Treasury.

The development of the Machinery of Government initiative is consistent with the key elements of the Reform and Revitalisation of the NTPS agenda in the context of building a capable and talented public sector workforce.

The initiative also provides a pathway for potential progression to leadership and development programs within the NTPS and tertiary studies at CDU.

The inaugural four-day course was held in August-September 2009 and a second course is being run over the period October-December 2009. The first one-day course was held on 12 November 2009.

There has been very strong interest in these courses. The inaugural four-day course attracted sufficient applications to fill the course within just a few days of being advertised, with sufficient applications to fill two further courses. A similar response was received in relation to the one-day course. Regular courses will continue to be offered in the future and it is anticipated the initiative will also be rolled out to regional Territory centres, commencing in 2010.


Key objectives

  1. Economic Development
  2. Social and Cultural Development
  3. Environmentally Sustainable Development

About the partnership

The Partnership Agreement provides for the economic and social development of the Northern Territory to be supported by a robust and resilient University working in partnership with government agencies and the wider community to contribute to education, research, policy development and program delivery.