Diploma of Government

National Code: PSP50116
TAFE SA Code: TP00953


This qualification covers the competencies required for independent and self-directed work in the public sector. It is suited to those working in an environment where there is a range of responsibilities which are diverse in nature rather than within a narrow specialization and/or they work in small or regionally based organisations.

This course is delivered online.

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Up to 24 months 

Part Time

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a related industry and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
$677 - $855
$2,707 - $3,421
$523 - $661
$2,093 - $2,645

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$967 - $1,222
$3,868 - $4,888

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • You will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before offers are made. To access subsidised training you will be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Public Service Manager/Team Leader.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Government (PSP50116)
    Topics include values and ethos of the public service, promoting diversity, complex workplace communication strategies and compliance with legislation in the public sector. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 7 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector 25
    Promote diversity 50
    Promote the values and ethos of public service 30
    Use complex workplace communication strategies 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Coordinate employment relations 40
    Coordinate risk management 50
    Develop and use emotional intelligence 60
    Develop and use political nous 40
    Develop client services 40
    Facilitate change 50
    Facilitate performance management processes 50
    Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements 50
    Implement staffing policies 50
    Implement workforce planning and succession strategies 50
    Maintain workplace safety 40
    Manage budgets and financial plans 70
    Manage performance 50
    Manage personal work priorities and professional development 60
    Provide leadership 50
    Refine complex workplace documents 40
    Support workplace coaching and mentoring 50
    Undertake research and analysis 60
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