WA public sector employees wishing to further their study are eligible to receive a 10 per cent discount on tuition fees for an increasing number of post-graduate courses. The discount on tuition fees is part of the Public Sector Commission’s (PSC) University Tuition Fee Discount Scheme (UTFDS).
PSC has been working in partnership with Curtin University, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia to offer public sector employees the opportunity to enhance their careers and inform their work within the sector.
Thirty-five courses were available under UTFDS, with the vast majority in the area of business. After recent negotiations between PSC and the four universities, the list has expanded to include 82 courses over a range of disciplines.
Reflecting the variety and vibrancy of careers in the WA public sector, employees can apply to undertake studies in communications, education, journalism, sustainability, governance, business administration, forensic science, engineering and criminology, and many more. Under UTFDS, qualifications can range from a Certificate or Diploma to a Doctorate. There are a variety of flexible course structure options.
Many agencies are seeing UTFDS as an opportunity to encourage their valuable employees to increase their skills, and develop and broaden their expertise.
Caroline Modridge, a Graphic Designer at the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), is currently studying a Masters degree in Professional Marketing at ECU. Having already completed a Graduate Certificate with excellent academic results and finding herself increasingly interested in the subject, she decided to pursue a higher qualification.
“My boss was really supportive and accommodating when I suggested starting my Masters,” Ms Modridge said.
“I can already see the skills and knowledge I’m gaining from my course translating into the work I’m doing at DMP. I think improving my skills in writing, research, analysis and presentation, as well as gaining a post-graduate degree with direct relevance to my area of work will be a real boost for my career.”
The Commission is continuing negotiations with universities to expand the list of courses available through UTFDS.
A full list of courses, including application cut-off dates, links to further information, and a downloadable application form can be found on the PSC website. Further enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 9219 6276.