Shared and Divided Power: Modern Challenges in Intergovernmental Relations (7212GIR)

This course, designed for students enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program, delves into the challenges of Australia's federal system of government, and critically examines their causes, consequences and potential solutions. With teachers closely engaged with past and proposed processes for reforming the Australian Federation, the course comes at a critical time. The course examines how roles and responsibilities are divided and shared between the three tiers of government that comprise the Australian federation, the forces that shape relations between national, state and local governments, and options for the future. The teaching approach combines theory and practice: constitutional, democratic and federal theories are explored with reference to historic and contemporary debates, policy case studies and examples. Students completing this course will have a solid grounding in the issues confronting intergovernmental relations in Australia and how these compare with other federations. Incompatible: 7212GIR Issues in Intergovernmental Relations; 7212PPP Issues in Intergovernmental Relations.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

Online Trimester 1South Bank Trimester 1

Course offerings and timetables


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Key dates

Course start date
25 February 2019
Last day to add a course
10 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
24 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
28 April 2019

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Class Availability When Where Notes
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Class (13382) Closed Weeks 1 - 7, Mid-Trimester Break, 8 - Exam week This is a non-timetabled class. Please refer to the course profile for further information.