Public Sector Innovation

University of Technology Sydney

Postgraduate Certificate
6 months
16535 AUD/year
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The Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Innovation from University of Technology Sydney enables professionals working in, and with the public sector to develop their capability to find solutions for the complex problems they face every day.


The first of its kind in Australia, this Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Innovation from University of Technology Sydney is aimed at equipping students with a design-based innovation methodology called Frame Creation, developed at UTS. Frame Creation provides a structure for exploring problems creatively and can be employed to transform public engagement, practices, services, regulations, policies, organisations and communities.

The course utilises an experiential, peer-learning model within the teaching program and the learning environment offers a great opportunity for collaboration and idea-sharing with fellow students across disciplines and sectors.

Sponsorship by an employing organisation is desired as students work on a self-selected problem within their own professional practice.

Why study this course?

  • discover your potential for creative thinking and gain widely applicable skills in design innovation
  • collaborate with and expand your network of like-minded people across government
  • apply your learning in a self-selected project situated in your own professional practice.

Why sponsor your staff to study?

  • invest in and challenge your rising talent
  • enable passionate staff to be effective in transforming policy, programs, services, and organisational culture
  • explore the opportunity for impact within your own organisation using a design-based problem solving methodology.


The course is designed for public sector professionals looking to progress their career through innovation and leadership capacity.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation Public Sector Innovation Practices
  • Problem Framing
  • Co-evolution of Problem and Solution
  • Leading Public Sector Innovation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 093568A

  • Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.
  • In addition to the above qualification, applicants need to satisfy the following:  applicants must have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience personal statement (500–700 words) clearly articulating their motivation to enrol in the course, and a minimum two-page CV, clearly articulating their current and past roles and responsibilities.
  • To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.
  • English proficiency requirement is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16535 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16535 AUD per year and a duration of 6 months.


  • Australia Awards Scholarships (Australian Government Scholarships)
  • Dr Chau Chak Wing Scholarship (KTP Master Degree)
  • International Postgraduate Coursework Full Tuition Scholarship
  • LATAM International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship
  • Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • UTS 30th Anniversary Study Abroad Accommodation Scholarship
  • UTS ATN-LATAM Scholarships
  • UTS Grant for Masters by Coursework Students
  • UTS Nepal Scholarship (Postgraduate Coursework)
  • UTS Study Abroad Excellence Scholarship

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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