The Bachelor of Public Administration gives you the policy knowledge and management skills needed for a public sector career.

You will acquire both specialist knowledge in policy areas that interest you - which might include the environment, economics, Indigenous affairs, welfare, education or foreign affairs - and generic workplace skills.

Getting a degree is the first step on a pathway to a range of employment opportunities. Some potential occupations for those with a degree in this area as they progress through their career include those listed below.


Where can our graduates go?

Graduates may enter such fields as:

  • Administration
  • Corporate Communications
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Government Consultancy Work
  • Human Resources Management
  • Intelligence
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Parliamentary Sector
  • Policy Analysis and Advice
  • Project Work and Evaluation
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Public Service (State, Local and Australian)
  • Research
  • Social Analysis
  • State Electoral Offices
  • Universities
  • Voluntary-Not for profit sector administration

Potential Occupations

Potential Employers

  • Assistant Policy Analyst
  • Assistant Policy Officer (Graduate)
  • Campaign and Administration/Helpdesk Assistant
  • Client Service Representative
  • Communications & Campaigns Assistant
  • Communications Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Corporate Support Officer
  • Economist
  • Electorate Assistant/Officer
  • Event Manager
  • Government House Officer
  • Graduate Administrative Assistant
  • Graduate Policy Officer
  • Higher Education Officer
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Ministerial Advisor
  • Planning Support Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy and Media Officer
  • Policy Project Officer
  • Policy Research Officer
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Political Scientist
  • Program Administration Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Research Assistant/Officer
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Trade Union Official
  • Urban Analyst
  • Youth Policy Officer
  • Australia Post
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • City of Marion
  • Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
  • Department of Employment
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Department of Parliamentary Services 
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • McKinsey & Company
  • National Centre for Vocational Education Research
  • National Union of Workers
  • Uniting Communities

These jobs indicate some possible employment pathways, including graduate and more advanced (or higher level) positions, and reflect the diversity of our student cohort. Some jobs may require further experience or study and are included here to illustrate the breadth of potential pathways available as you progress in your career.