Executive Master of Public Administration (ANZSOG)

How to apply

The ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration is a two year postgraduate qualification to meet the needs of today’s senior leaders. 

It combines theory and practical application, and incorporates information from a wide range of academic disciplines and professional specialisations.

For the 2020 program, the Commission is offering up to five scholarships covering tuition fees, travel and accommodation.

This program requires commitment to:

  • approximately 400 hours work over two years including study and compulsory workshops
  • interstate and international travel
  • a core curriculum of eight subjects including in public financial management
  • an applied research project (work based project)
  • three elective subjects delivered by partner Curtin University
  • post-program whole-of-government initiatives and projects to ‘give back’ to the sector.

Please read this information thoroughly to ensure you meet the criteria and understand your obligations as a representative of Western Australia’s public sector.

You should discuss your application with your chief executive officer to ensure they support the commitment this program requires. 


Academic entry requirements

You need to meet minimum academic criteria of:

  • management experience
  • at least five years’ relevant work experience
  • recognition as a high potential leader, contributing at senior executive level as part of the next generation of public sector leaders
  • a strong commitment to public service
  • fulfilment of master’s degree entry requirements of the partner university typically evidenced by completion of an undergraduate degree.


You need to meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Employed in the Western Australian public sector in a Tier 2, 3 or 4 position – for example, assistant director general, managing director, assistant commissioner, deputy commissioner, executive director or director.
  • In a role that gives you the ability to act strategically, influence culture and lead others through change.
  • Demonstrated capability to complete a rigorous master’s program as evidenced by the completion of previous qualifications.
  • A commitment to contribute to class learning and a willingness to share your knowledge in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated commitment to your own career development and a career in Western Australia’s public sector.
  • Support from your agency’s chief executive officer, including an agreement to release you for all components of the program.

Application process

Applications close 5:00pm Monday 1 July 2019. Late applications are not accepted. Send your application to:

Cassie Almasi

Strategic Leadership and Talent Division

Public Sector Commission

Locked Bag 3002

West Perth  WA  6872

  • You must be nominated by your agency. Check with your human resources team to discuss internal nomination and selection processes. 
  • You need to provide certified documents. Electronic applications are not accepted. Explanation of certified documents is detailed below.
  • You need to provide two completed applications. The first should be labelled ‘original’ and include current resume, application form and certified documents. One photocopy of the original application labelled ‘copy’ must also be included.
  • Your application (and duplicate) must be received in hard copy by the closing date. Please contact the Commission if you need to arrange a courier or wish to deliver it in person.
  • Do not send original documents as the Commission does not accept responsibility for their return.
  • If your application is incomplete or late it is not considered.

Certified documents

  • A certified copy is a photocopy of the original document with the signature and official stamp of an appropriate authority confirming it is a true and accurate record.
  • Universities only accept certified copy documents with original signature and stamp. Do not submit photocopies or scanned images (in your application labelled ‘original’).
  • You must take the original document to be sighted and the copy to be signed. The certifying officer must sign every page with either:

“I have sighted the original document and certify this to be a true copy of the original.”


“This is a true copy of the original documents sighted by me.”

  • The certifying officer must:
    • sign and print their name
    • provide an address or a contact telephone number
    • state their profession or occupation group
    • write on the copy the date certified
    • affix the official stamp or seal of the certifier’s organisation on the copy.
  • In Australia, the following people may certify a document:
    • Justice of the Peace or bail justice
    • public notary (does not include a general public servant)
    • barrister or solicitor of the Supreme Court
    • member of the police force
    • registered medical practitioner, registered dentist or pharmacist
    • bank manager
    • accountant – member of a recognised professional accounting body or registered tax agent.

Selection p​rocess

  1. Applications are coordinated by the Commission.
  2. The Commission assesses applicants suitability. 
  3. Applicants are ranking against:
  • academic requirements
  • eligibility criteria
  • leadership experience and potential for advancement evidenced by practical examples
  • desire to work in more senior roles and how the program outcomes align with your development and progression requirements
  • commitment to personal development through acting/secondment opportunities, special projects and/or formal training programs
  • commitment to developing others 
  • understanding the program outcomes as they apply to you, your employing agency and more broadly the wider public sector
  • quality of application including a resume that addresses program curriculum and outcomes, and personal statements
  • strong support and recommendation from your agency.
  1. To consider diversity, the Leadership Council  may also consider, but not rank, against the following: gender, age, location (regional/metropolitan), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally or linguistically diverse, accessibility and inclusion.
  2. The Commission shortlists applicants to be interviewed by a panel of senior executives and ANZSOG alumni.
  3. The panel recommends five suitable applicants and two reserve applicants to the Public Sector Commissioner and Leadership Council for consideration and endorsement.
  4. Endorsed applications are sent by the Commission to ANZSOG for consideration.
  5. Applicants are advised of the outcome of their applications by the Commission in November 2019. 
  6. All decisions of the panel are final and there is no appeal process. 
  7. Applicants not offered a place may contact the Commission for feedback.

Further information

For any queries about the application process or scholarship commitments after reading this information, please email us

For more details about ANZSOG and the program, please go to the ANZSOG website or email ANZSOG directly

Page last updated 25 June 2019