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Course participants pictured outside the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Course participants and the UQID delivery team, with The Honourable Paul Lucas at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra, 6 October 2015.

From 28 September to 9 October, twenty-seven mid-ranking to senior level Indonesian bureaucrats from Indonesia’s National Development Planning Ministry (Bappenas) participated in an Australia Awards Indonesia short term award titled ‘Communicating Policy for Effective Governance’ delivered by UQ International Development (UQID). The awardees also included two personnel from Regional Development Planning Boards (Bappeda) located in Indonesia’s East Lesser Sunda Islands (NTT) and one participant from the Bogor municipal government.

The award aimed to improve participants’ capacity to apply best practice policy communications methods. It comprised classroom sessions, guest lectures, facilitated workshops, scenario-based exercises, case studies and institutional visits. UQID drew on the policy expertise of UQ staff, former and current policy practitioners, media advisors, journalists and emergency service personnel to deliver content around best practice policy development; policy advisory units and think-tanks; intergovernmental relations; disaster response communication and coordination; strategic communication plans; quality assurance processes for commissioned research; media engagement; rapid response policy advice; and gender equity and social inclusion.

Key to the award program was the establishment of professional networks in Australia to assist Bappenas personnel in communicating and coordinating complex, whole-of-government policy issues. Course highlights included institutional visits to the Queensland Emergency Services Complex at Kedron where participants visited the State Disaster Coordination Centre and the State Operations Centre to see an example of multi-agency emergency response capability. Briefings by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Economic Division, Cabinet Division and Project Office were also well-received by Bappenas participants working to improve the communication of Indonesia’s national development priorities with line agencies, provincial, district and municipal governments.

Project members

Greta Nabbs-Keller

Manager, International Development, Indonesia and South East Asia