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IAGP  (Introduction to Australian Government and Politics) Seminar Series

As part of Australia Awards (AA) On Award Enrichment, a series of one-day workshops exploring the way that Australian Government operates. IAGP which stands for ‘Introduction to Australian Government and Politics’ (formally BAGUS) is now in its fourth year of delivery and has been favourably received by AA students interested in increasing their understanding of how government at the commonwealth, state and local level, operate in Australia. IAGP is offered under the ‘Australian Society’ stream offered as part of AAI’s On Award Enrichment.

IAGP aims to assist awardees’ transition into Australia by explaining how government systems operate.  To assist understanding, contrasts and comparisons will be drawn with the counterpart government systems in awardees’ home countries.

IAGP 1 Day Workshops will be delivered around Australia and facilitated by a government systems expert.  Awardees in each location will be contacted by email approximately one month prior to each workshop, seeking expressions of interest for participation in the activity.

The workshops will be interactive and highly participatory, using practical case studies to explore and better explain new concepts.  Using a range of approaches, including guest speakers, facilitated discussions and work conducted in small groups, participants will develop a sound understanding of the way that government works.

Previous participants, commenting on this seminar series:

“The best thing was meeting new colleagues not only from Indonesia but also from Australia which I believe in turn will benefit us in the future”

“I found this program is really beneficial to strengthen understanding about actual practices in Australian government and also networking with Australian government as well as Indonesian students”

“This activity brought me to think positively over about the broad aspect of the relationship between Australia and Indonesia. There are many aspects to be considered and to be learnt from the public services in Australia” 

“This program was a very great experience to see and to understand more about how the government works in Australia by comparing Australian and Indonesian system”

In 2019, IAGP one day workshops will be offered across all states of Australia.  Specific dates of each activity will sent by email to awardees in each location.



28 March

IAGP One day Workshop- Perth

9 April

IAGP One day Workshop-Canberra

1-2 July

IAGP One day Workshop- Melbourne

5 August

IAGP One day Workshop- Brisbane

9 September

IAGP One day Workshop-Adelaide

30 September

IAGP One day Workshop-Sydney