Our programs use specialised tailored pathways to offer opportunities for government and industry professionals to extend their understanding of how economic design principles and mechanisms can improve a range of procurement and other resource allocation decisions.

Current programs

  • Government

    The Specialist Certificate in Economic Design is taught by microeconomic scholars and provides relevant economic knowledge and frameworks to apply to market design challenges you face in your role.

    The course explores economic design principles and mechanisms, current microeconomic developments and methods for more efficient diagnosis and resolution of policy, procurement and resource allocation problems.

    Accredited by The University of Melbourne, the 25 credit points earned from the Specialist Certificate can be used as a pathway into postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics, including Master of Economics.

    The course will consist of eight topics each containing a participatory, experimental and written assessment component.

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    For application information: 
    The Centre for Market Design

    T: +61 3 8344 8805

  • Fellowship

    The Centre for Market Design (CMD) conducts research in market design and associated academic disciplines and applies modern microeconomic theory to public policy problems.

    The Fellowship Program is designed to increase awareness and improve capabilities in market design in the public service. Selection of the Fellow is based on policy project proposals employing a market design approach, submitted by candidates and chosen by the CMD Directors.

    The benefits of the proposed Fellowship Program include capability building in research; training in the application of market design to policy problems; improved links between public servants and the CMD; and the creation of new solutions to specific public policy problems.

    During the term of the program, the selected candidate will be appointed Fellow of the University of Melbourne.


    The public service  candidate will spend as much time as possible at the CMD, University of Melbourne. A Victorian candidate will be based full time at the CMD, University of Melbourne.


    Up to six months.


    Candidates are to submit: 1) a one-page project proposal to apply a market design approach to a specific policy problem developed by the candidate 2) a CV 3) two letters of recommendation.


    Fellowship candidates will:

    • Frame the proposed policy project as a market design problem
    • Present seminars on the project at the University, Commonwealth and/or Victoria
    • Contribute to one ongoing CMD project
    • Complete a skill development program in market design.


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  • Residency Program

    Researchers at the Centre for Market Design will participate in the CMD's inaugural Economic Residency Program, designed to partner with governments to find solutions to public policy problems around Australia.

    CMD researchers are specialists in microeconomics and market design and will partner with Commonwealth and State government departments to help problem solve.

    The Centre's researchers publish in top tier global journals and partner with industry and government to apply the latest microeconomic research to pressing policy issues.

    Interested public policy professionals are invited to contact the CMD to discuss residency opportunities via email

  • Enterprise

    We work with industry and governments to use economic knowledge and frameworks to apply to market design challenges.

    Our tailored executive education programs are in development.

    Please contact us via email to enquire about our programs.