Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate degree
Course length: 3 years
Location: On campus l External and online delivery is available only for the VET pathway

2017 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 60.00
Guaranteed entry ATAR:
TAFElink: Certificate 4 or above (TAFE/VET Pathway: Diploma or above)
Bonus points: Yes

Admission information setsFlinders University | Bachelor of Public Administration

International students:
FISC Foundation: 6.0, A Levels: 6, IB Diploma: 24, Gao Kao: Tier Two
English requirements

Course overview

The Bachelor of Public Administration is unique in South Australia and was developed after consultation with senior public sector leaders.

The course will teach you how government works, and how to work with it. It will give you an advanced understanding of the values and processes of governance, the policy, regulatory and service-delivery roles of the public sector, policy analysis and the effective management of organisations, programs, resources and people. 

The program is comprehensive but flexible. You will complete major sequences in both Management and Public Policy and 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.

A TAFE/VET entry has been designed for people who have graduated with a TAFE/VET Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Management, Business, Government or related areas. Applicants who have completed such an award will receive credit amounting to half of the course requirements for the Bachelor of Public Administration - 1.5 years of credit.

This course equips graduates for a wide variety of roles in public administration and to work at the expanding interface between government, business and non-profit sectors.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.


Why study Public Administration at Flinders?

  • Our Bachelor of Public Administration program provides internship opportunities (in South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory) and international exchange opportunities.
  • Flinders has been a recognised leader in the fields of ‘government' and ‘politics' field virtually since its creation 4 decades ago. Our academics have advised and analysed political leaders in South Australia and nationally, and their opinions and commentary are widely sought and respected.
  • Complementing the broad expertise of the School of Social and Policy Studies is the Flinders Institute of Public Policy and Management (FIPPM), which attracts students from around Australia and many parts of Asia. FIPPM staff specialise in human resource management, non-profit management and ethical and cultural issues in organisations.
  • Our staff specialise in a range of domestic and international policy areas including the environment, housing, immigration, economics, indigenous affairs, foreign affairs, urban development, welfare and education policy.
  • Our School of Social and Policy Studies has strengths in comparative government and politics - the study of the political institutions, political behaviour, political sociology, and political economy in different societies, countries and regions.

Combined degree options

You can combine this course with the following:

Career opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Public Administration degree?

Combine with the Bachelor of Letters

The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English, creative writing, innovation and enterprise, and sports performance coaching. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

Prerequisities: None

Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.

International students: Entry and English requirements


Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 234601
234611 (TAFE/VET entry)
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth supported

 2018: $7,696
International students
CRICOS code: 052033E
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2018: $23,900
2019: $27,100





  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.


Credit transfer

Refer to credit transfer for further information.

Further study options 

Course brochures

Domestic students

Government and international relations (PDF 4MB)

International students

International course guides