Ken Coghill

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile

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.

External positions

Visiting Professor, LUISS Guido Carli (LUISS University of Rome)

18 May 2016 → …


  • 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

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Projects 2001 2016

Research Output 2002 2018

Review: The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate (Volume 4)

Coghill, K., 2018, In : The Journal of Legislative Studies. 24, 2, p. 245-246 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOtherpeer-review

The Speaker

Coghill, K., 2018, Upholding the Australian Constitution: Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Conference of The Samuel Griffith Society - Stamford Plaza, Adelaide SA - 12-14 August 2016. Nethercote, J. R. (ed.). Melbourne Vic Australia: The Samuel Griffith Society, Vol. 28. p. 114-122 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

Open Access

Building horizontal coordination in Sri Lanka

Samaratunge, R., O'Neill, D., Coghill, K. & Wijayarathne, B., 13 Dec 2017, In : Public Administration and Development. 37, 5, p. 319-330 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Democratic representation and the property franchise in Australian local government

Ng, Y-F., Coghill, K., Thornton-Smith, P. & Poblet, M., Jun 2017, In : Australian Journal of Public Administration. 76, 2, p. 221-236 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ethical decisions and the great moral challenge of our time

Coghill, K., 2016, Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A Global Research Companion. Lawton, A., van der Wal, Z. & Huberts, L. (eds.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Taylor & Francis, p. 279-298 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2016 2018

  • 3 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture 2018 "Governing the Murray: who are its people, and what are their responsibilities?"

Ken Coghill (Contributor)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Governing the Murray and Its People

Ken Coghill (Contributor)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

Ken Coghill (Contributor)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Open Government Forum (External organisation)

Ken Coghill (Member)
29 Aug 201631 Aug 2020

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board