Develop public policy

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver PSPPOL601A, 'Develop public policy'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Develop public policy' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Anticipate and confirm the need for public policy development or review

1.1 Events, issues or government policies likely to cause changes to public policy are identified.

1.2 The likely implications and impact of these factors that might require public policy development are identified and prioritised in consultation with stakeholders.

1.3 A critical analysis of the need for new or revised public policy is conducted that includes a scan of both internal and external environments, that checks related policies for context and identifies other public policy likely to be impacted.

1.4 Priority areas for public policy development/review are recommended in accordance with government directions.

1.5 Confirmation of the need for public policy development/review and supporting evidence is detailed in accordance with policy and procedures.

2. Plan public policy development process

2.1 The approving authority is confirmed and procedures and protocols for public policy development are confirmed and applied.

2.2 Issues likely to impact on the policy development process are identified, analysed (in terms of risk) and addressed in policy development planning.

2.3 Public policy requirements are outlined in a policy development plan in accordance with organisational procedures.

3. Gather and analyse information for public policy development

3.1 Stakeholders are identified and engaged through the establishment and maintenance of a public policy network.

3.2 Information required to support the policy development process is gathered, analysed and interpreted.

3.3 An analytical framework for the development of public policy is determined and applied.

4. Determine public policy direction

4.1 Strategic input is obtained from high-level staff in accordance with organisational/public sector protocols.

4.2 A range of policy options and criteria for choice are developed and communicated in a timely and understandable way to those responsible for selecting the policy direction.

4.3 Where appropriate, specific policy options are promoted to key individuals, organisations and groups.

4.4 A preferred public policy option is identified and risk treatments are determined in accordance with the policy development plan.

4.5 Approvals/endorsements are obtained in accordance with the policy development plan and public sector procedures and protocols.

5. Draft public policy

5.1 Public policy is drafted using a cyclical process of consultation, feedback, identification of changes and re-drafting implemented in accordance with the policy development plan.

5.2 Risk management processes are implemented in accordance with the policy development plan to ensure progress of the process against the timeframe and milestones.

5.3 An implementation plan that details responsibilities for implementation and strategies for transition, change management, and initial and ongoing training and maintenance of the policy, is included within the policy.

5.4 Mechanisms for monitoring compliance with the policy, quality assurance of the policy, and for evaluation of the policy are included within the policy.

5.5 The policy is developed in accordance with organisational requirements for style, format and contents.

6. Release and promote public policy

6.1 Public policy is cleared through required channels, and agreement of critical stakeholders is gained in accordance with the policy development plan.

6.2 All stakeholders, particularly those who will be responsible for implementing the new or revised policy, are fully informed of the outcomes, and fallout from dissenting stakeholders is managed in accordance with the policy development plan.

6.3 The policy is released and promoted in accordance with government requirements.

6.4 Advice is provided to those affected by policy changes in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PSPPOL601A appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA60806 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Public Affairs)
  • PSP51404 - Diploma of Government (Policy Development)
  • PSP60504 - Advanced Diploma of Government (Management)
  • SFI50411 - Diploma of Fisheries Compliance