Public Sector Management Program

Applications for the next PSMP intake will close on the 24th August.

QUT will be hosting a virtual information session on Tuesday 11th August, 1pm. Register here for more details.

Covid-19 update

You’ll be pleased to hear that whilst the world is changing, the Public Sector Management Program (PSMP) has changed with it.

The PSMP has always been a blended-learning program, combining a rich online learning environment, with face-to-face workshops. In response to the changing environment, QUT has transitioned the face-to-face workshops into a self-directed and instructor-led online experience.

Now with the added flexibility of complete online delivery, you can learn how to think systematically and apply your learnings directly into your work environment – all within 12-15 months of study.


The Public Sector Management Program (PSMP) provides current and aspiring team leaders and program leaders with the knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the business of government and position themselves for future leadership opportunities.

PSMP is a post-graduate course delivered by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). It leads to a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) and you don’t need an undergraduate degree to enrol.

The engaging and tailored curriculum supports participants to meet the changing needs of the Queensland public sector, and is designed to maximise workplace learning through a mix of workshops, case studies, work-based projects and access to a virtual learning environment.

QUT offers multiple intakes throughout the year, and the four-unit course is delivered in 12–15 months. PSMP is focused around four intensive workshops (to minimise disruption to the workplace) and participants receive access to all university support services throughout the course.

Who is it for?

PSMP has been designed in collaboration with the governments of Australia to meet the needs of the contemporary public sector, and aligns to the Leadership competencies for Queensland:

  • team leaders—responsible for leading individual contributors to deliver team outcomes
  • program leaders—responsible for leading team leaders and/or multiple projects or areas of work.

Participation is not restricted by an employee’s level (e.g. AO or PO) and supports public sector employees' performance obligations.

The Graduate Certificate provides credit or advanced standing eligibility for further post-graduate study including QUT’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business programs.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the 'big picture' of government and the context within which you operate
  • develop an understanding of the institutional frameworks and conventions which guide practice and ensure sustainable democratic processes
  • obtain insights into key individual and group behaviours, and develop skills for communicating and managing people and teams
  • explore the variety of relationships that you need to build across and outside of the public sector
  • gain highly effective and appropriate tools, processes and diagnostic capabilities to deliver and sustain the business of government.

Hear from academic staff and past students about their PSMP experience.


Courses begin at intervals throughout the year, with three application periods. Refer to this QUT timetable for details.


  • $11,100 (excl. GST)

How to apply

Visit the QUT website for more information and to submit your application with supporting documentation.

PSMP scholarships

Each year, the Public Service Commission partners with QUT to offer one-for-one diversity scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees, as well as people with disability, to undertake the highly regarded PSMP as part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to building Queensland’s leaders of tomorrow, today.

Please note that the 2020 scholarship process has now closed.

More information

For course queries, contact QUTeX (QUT Graduate School of Business):