Professional development opportunities

Published: Monday 24th November 2014

Listed below are a number of professional development programs and networking events available across the tertiary education sector. Staff are encouraged to review learning opportunities and to liaise with their supervisor if they are interested in participating.

Please register through the links provided and if you have any questions contact Erin Ryan on ext 2151.

Study support

The University supports staff learning - eligible staff can apply for Study Support for a nationally-recognised award course of study from a public or private provider (subject to eligibility criteria). For more information on Study Support visit the HR website. 

Australian Catholic University

Certificate IV in Business Administration
National - February 2015
Applications to undertake the Certificate IV in Business Administration are now being invited from professional staff members. Scholarships are available for eligible staff; apply before Friday 28 November 2014. The Business Administration Program - comprised of 10 units - is a nationally-recognised qualification for Professional Staff in administrative roles. 

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne - 2015 (several dates)
This course of study explores what true leadership means in a Catholic context and encourages participants to develop a deeper understanding of Catholic identity, ethos and mission and its integration in modern organisations.         

Postgraduate SPLASH units
National -  December 2014    
SPLASH units are master's level units and may be used as credit towards a Master of Theological Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. Interested participants may also audit (not for credit, no assessment) these units for their personal interest. They are delivered in intensive mode and are available nationally. Upcoming units include The Gospels of the Liturgical Year: The Gospel of Mark.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Stress Less, Laugh More
North Sydney: Wednesday 3 December 2014 10am – 4pm    

In the Stress Less, Laugh More! workshop renowned comedian and laughter expert Anthony Ackroyd will guide you into a new life with less stress, anxiety and worry and more laughter, fun, happiness and success.  Please register for this course via the ATEM website.

You will learn:

  • How stress closes down our physical, emotional and mental capacities and why this must be addressed
  • Why the physical, emotional and mental benefits of laughter are the ultimate antidote to the effects of stress
  • How to unlock your potential for experiencing much more laughter, humour and fun
  • How to master the two key factors that determine whether we experience stress or joy – Intention and Focus
  • How increasing your capacity for laughter and humour is as simple as A, D, E (Access, Develop, Express)

Frontline Managers Workshop

TBD: Friday 5 December 2014 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
To operate effectively it is imperative that Frontline Managers are skilled in many areas. Drexler, 2008 describes the 'Functional Manager' as being: The one who performs optimally in terms of what the expected outcomes should be; they possess behavior profiles which result in optimal performance.

Functional Managers exhibit:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Moral intelligence
  • Self-management
  • Team management
  • Managing subordinates
  • Organisational management

If you are a manager new to your role or wishing to operate more effectively, this workshop is for you.  The one-day Frontline Managers’ Workshop will be informative, challenging, practical and interactive.

Business Writing Essentials
Sydney:  Tuesday 16 December 2014  9.30 AM  - 4.30 PM
Learn to write clear and professional documents that get the results you want. Clear, well-written documents are the hallmark of any successful organisation. Update your writing skills and boost your professional credibility with this excellent one-day workshop.
Essential Dashboards in Excel
Location to be advised  - Priority Place Program* (register your interest)    
With the huge amount of data available to us every day, a well-built and designed dashboard report is one of the best ways to interpret and communicate large quantities of information. Learn how to synthesise information into a logical framework, summarise it into a meaningful format, and then display the summary into easy-to-read tables and graphs. This course takes you through the principles of good dashboard design, as well as the tools to implement and build a dashboard using your existing Excel tools and skills.

*ATEM has introduced the Priority Place Program for some events, to improve the flexibility and accessibility of courses. These events will run once a minimum number of attendees have registered.  You can register your interest for these courses by paying a small holding deposit. Once there are enough registrants, ATEM will schedule the activity and give you a month’s notice of the date and venue.  Attendees will then be invoiced for the balance of the course fee.

ACU holds a corporate membership with ATEM which allows staff to attend programs at a reduced rate. When registering, indicate that you work for ACU and you will be entitled to the Affiliate rate.

Online training library

Provided by
ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at
See some suggested videos below, or to browse the whole library, log in using your ACU staff username and password. Interactive exercise sheets are also available to some topics so you can practise your new skills.

Don’t have time to watch a whole video?  No problem – the videos are broken into useful sub-topic chapters, so you can still brush up on some quick tips even if you only have 5-10 mins to spare!

Up and Running with Office 365
Duration: 1h 59m
New to Office 365? David Rivers shows how to set up accounts and team sites; upload and share files; and manage mail, contacts, and calendars with the Outlook Web App.

The Practicing Photographer
Duration: 6m
Taking a quick portrait and directing a subject - photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration.