Australia and New Zealand School of Government

Learn about the origins, core activities, and programmes of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

"We're proud to support this world-leading educational organisation. The Government views it as an important part of our tool-kit for promoting the effective, high-quality public services New Zealanders deserve." Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand


The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) was established as a not-for-profit company in 2002 with the vision of creating a world-leading educational institution that teaches strategic management and high-level policy to public sector leaders.

The School was formed by a consortium of governments, universities and business schools from Australia and New Zealand, including the New Zealand Government and Victoria University of Wellington.

ANZSOG aims to deepen government, community and academic understanding of public administration, policy and management through three core activities:

  • public sector executive education program
  • case study program
  • research program.

Executive education programmes

Master of Public Administration (executive)

Designed to meet the needs of high potential employees within the Australian and New Zealand public services and government-related sectors, the MPA(Exec) aims to enhance the breadth and depth of policy and management skills of participants, and provide graduates with the tools and frameworks needed to be clear about the value they deliver.

The MPA(Exec) degree is offered at Victoria University in conjunction with ANZSOG.  It is a two-year intensive part-time study programme involving courses held in New Zealand and Australia.

Master's students are nominated and funded by participating governments subject to university selection processes. State Services Commission selects the New Zealand applicants for consideration by ANZSOG and following acceptance by ANZSOG, students enrol in and receive the degree from their home university.

Towards Strategic Leadership

Delivered over three separate residential sessions, TSL is a program specifically designed for people moving from tactical into strategic leadership roles in government, i.e. people facing senior executive responsibilities for the first time.

Executive Fellows Program

A three-week residential program tailored for senior executives, the EFP builds on the core relationship and management skills needed in the public sector of the 21st Century.

Executive workshops

ANZSOG's suite of executive workshops offer a stimulating and intellectually rigorous learning experience across a diverse range of themes. Course leaders are drawn from the world's elite institutions such as the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Australia and New Zealand School of Government alumni

Every individual who completes an ANZSOG core program (EFP, EMPA or TSL) automatically becomes part of the ANZSOG Alumni community. With a total of six EFP cohorts and five EMPA cohorts complete, there now over 160 ANZSOG Alumni in New Zealand. This select group include many influential public sector leaders, part of a valuable network reaching across New Zealand, Australia and the wider Pacific region.

The Case Program

Administered from the Victoria University campus, the Case Program has been developed to enhance and extend the teaching options for ANZSOG courses. It offers high-quality, topical case studies for public sector management development, with a focus on current events and issues in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

Research Program

ANZSOG's research program is a collaborative initiative of governments and universities that focuses on innovative, cutting-edge research into public administration, policy and management. The program was established to expand our understanding of government policy and public sector management issues and to ensure this knowledge is disseminated to the broader community.


The school also produces many Professional Development resources, including monographs (free to download), a series of books and occasional papers.

To find out more about ANZSOG, visit the ANZSOG.