Department of Management

    Research areas

  • Accountability, Governance, Government, Government Accountability, Integrated Governance, Parliament, Parliamentarians, Capacity Building, Parliamentary Accountability, Political Accountability, Parliamentary Reform Citizens' Perception, Public Administration, Public policy, Public sector administration, Public sector management, Sustainablility, Systems Theory, professional development

Community service

Life Member, Australian Labor Party

Board member, Research Committee - Legislative Specialists (RC08), International Political Science Association

Member, Executive, Australasian Study of Parliament Group Victorian Chapter 

Director & Treasurer, Accountability Round Table Ltd

Director, Urimbirra Cooperative Society Ltd

Deputy Convenor, Lighter Footprints (climate action group)

Monash teaching commitment

MGX5300 Governance (a core unit in the Master of Public Policy and Management)

Synopsis (2015): This unit challenges students to think through the factors shaping how communities are governed in Australia and elsewhere as all societies grapple with the challenges of climate change, sustainability and the meaning of "progress". It develops knowledge and skills necessary for good governance applying United Nations Global Compact sustainability concepts. Students from Australian and other backgrounds share their experiences in various levels of government/intergovernmental, civil society (not for profit) and market (private business) sectors. It examines Integrated Governance i.e. the roles, relationships and networks of the levels and sectors in contemporary governance including how political systems work, democracy, the relationships between politicians and public servants, ethics, accountability, the importance of civil society and activity, and the role of the media.

MGF5440 Public Sector Financial Management (Chief Examiner; taught by Prof Gabi Buchholz)


The Hon Dr Ken Coghill PhD is an Associate Professor, Department of Management, Monash University and a former Member of Parliament (Legislative Assembly, Victoria), including serving as Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet and Speaker. He established Victoria's first Cabinet Office and had responsibility for Aboriginal Affairs policy.

Born in 1944, Ken has worked in the Victorian public service and served as Councillor (Rural City of Wodonga).

Ken's PhD reported on ministerial responsibility and accountability in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

His research and teaching interests include accountability, integrated governance and professional development (capacity building) for parliamentarians, in partnership with AusAID and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Ken is a founding member of the Accountability Round Table, a non-partisan group of citizens from diverse backgrounds, who are concerned to promote open and accountable government in Australia.

Ken is author of many submissions to parliamentary and government inquiries and a frequent commentator on parliamentary and governance matters.

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