Professional Development Opportunities

Published: Monday 26th October 2015

Listed below are a number of professional development programs which are offered by ACU or are available through external providers across the tertiary education sector.

Staff are encouraged to review learning opportunities and to liaise with their supervisor if they are interested in participating. You can register through the links provided. If you have any questions, please contact Leadership & Competencies Development Facilitator, Clint Rahe on extension 2298.

Study Support

The University supports staff learning and 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

ACU offers a number professional development programs for staff, run by in-house trainers.

There is no cost for attendance for these programs, and all interested continuing and fixed-term staff are encouraged to register.

Finance: Research Administration Video Conference 6 November

This workshop will help staff understand the financial obligations of researchers pre and post grant award. Information presented will be relevant for both internal and external grants.

PRP Information Session for Academic Staff

Video Conference 10 November

The PRP process also gives academic staff clarity regarding how they make a contribution to ACU’s achievement of a culture of performance excellence through the performance of their role and the alignment of their performance objectives with the University’s strategic goals.

Worklife Balance Seminar - Building Resilience

Video Conference 11 November

This presentation provides practical information and tools for understanding the nature and benefits of resilience and how to build your own resilience. Participants will be given the opportunity to identify characteristics of resilience, signs of lacking resilience and strategies to build one’s own resilience. This session will use a blend of interaction, exercises and information to support participants’ learning.

PRP Information Session for Supervisors of Academic Staff

Video Conference 12 November

The PRP process also gives academic staff clarity regarding how they make a contribution to ACU’s achievement of a culture of performance excellence through the performance of their role and the alignment of their performance objectives with the University’s strategic goals.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Workshop

Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield 16 November

The Cultural Awareness workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways and perspectives.

Holistic Well-being

Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield 16 November

This training addresses personal well-being – which includes physical as well as psychological and emotional well-being. It will enable employees to become aware of and acquire tools to better take care of their own health and well-being.

Leadership Competency Framework Series Workshop 3: ‘Leads Our Future Success’

Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney 18 November

The Leadership Competency Framework is one of the ways in which ACU is investing in the future of its people by developing Leadership capability across the University.This workshop is the final in a three part series that explores the themes and competencies within the Leadership Competency Framework.

Finance Reporting Workshop

Brisbane 24 November

This workshop will increase staff confidence in using ACU's Finance Reporting Centre. We will show you how to review, interpret and make the most of your financial reports. All staff members welcome.

U@ACU Induction Workshop

Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield 25 November

Finance Reporting Workshop

Melbourne; North Sydney 25 November

This workshop will increase staff confidence in using ACU's Finance Reporting Centre. We will show you how to review, interpret and make the most of your financial reports. All staff members welcome.

In addition, ACU Faculties offer the following opportunities for staff on a fee-paying basis:

Master of Business Administration (Executive)
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne  - Six start dates- 2015/2016
The MBA (Executive) is designed for experienced managers and professionals who aspire to executive roles - critical and creative thinkers for whom ethical, informed and sustainable decision-making will define their management style.  The course is designed to allow each unit to be taught intensively over the course of 24 weekends.  Invest in your future and enhance your skills to progress your career. The Faculty of Law and Business is pleased to announce that all staff are eligible for a 10% discount.  This discount is in addition to all benefits received through ACU.  Learn more about our staff discount here.  You can also register to attend a free MBAE Masterclass on 23 October in Brisbane or 30 October in Melbourne.
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
National, Online Semester 1 2016

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is for teachers and other educational professionals who want to improve their tertiary teaching and gain formal qualifications in post-secondary education.  The course allows teachers to reflect on current education theory and adult/tertiary student learning research from the perspective of their own teaching experiences. The emphasis is on improving student learning rather than on instructional methods.

Master of Educational Assessment
Online, Semester 1 2016

This course is for teachers, administrators and others who want to develop professional knowledge and understanding in educational assessment. The course aims to produce experts and leaders in designing and evaluating assessment policies and practices based on foundational principles and research.

External Professional Development

The following programs are run by external providers across the tertiary sector.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Understanding Finance For Non-finance Managers
Brisbane: 04 November 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Finance for Non-Finance Managers short course provides a practical guide to analysing financial data and understanding the implications of financial performance. It introduces all aspects of financial management from planning through to budget review and reporting on financial outcomes.

Institutional Policy Seminar
Sydney: 06 November 2015
This wide-ranging Seminar will identify burning policy issues, and address the definition, development, evaluation and review of Institutional Policy. It will include a benchmarking clinic and two group discussion sessions. Add in practitioner skills, the outcomes of international research, plus an outline of the implications for your institution, and our three experienced and knowledgeable practising professionals will have explored every significant facet of Institutional Policy.

Challenges Facing Tertiary Institutions - Strategic Directions For The Tertiary Education Sector
Brisbane: 13 November 2015
In partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), we are proud to present a one day summit on strategic directions for the tertiary education sector.With the evolution of tertiary institutions into complex and large organisations, managing governance issues becomes more challenging each passing year.Join other executives and senior academics for an interactive sharing of best practices and information from experienced leaders in this field.

How To Do More With Less And End Of Year Networking
Adelaide: 16 November 2015 3:30pm to 5:00pm
At a time when universities are going through many changes it is timely that we look at "How to do More with Less"  and this might mean staffing levels, budget or even space. We are pleased to present  Dianne Van Eck, Director,  DVE Busines Solutions to discuss this topic and how you as professional higher education personnel can cope in these trying times.

Effective Time Management
Melbourne: 18 November 2015
This workshop aims to improve participants’ ability to effectively manage their time and personal and work priorities.  Participants will increase their efficiency by learning practical strategies for improving the effectiveness of their goal setting, meetings, networking, delegation, contingency planning and use of email and other technology.  They will also learn strategies for dealing with procrastination, common time wasters, interruptions and information overload.

Writing For The Web
Sydney: 11 November 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm
Writing an online forum, intranet, internet or even a blog or Facebook page? Brush up on the best ways to capture an online audience.This one-day workshop covers a range of online writing needs for Australian organisations. We’ll useplenty of hands-on activities and samples from websites and online publications in Australia and overseas.You’ll learn how to create a voice for your organisation, plan and structure material to publish online, present for impact on screen, and write with clarity. You’ll also pick up a few handy tips on emailing, editing and Australian style.

Influencing And Negotiation Skills
Melbourne: 23 November 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm
Almost every interaction we have with others involves some form of negotiation. The challenge is to plan, structure and manage these interactions towards a clear outcome. This is influencing and negotiation. We need to influence others to achieve our organisational, business and personal goals. This influencing includes analysis of the situation, direct and assertive statements and requests, persuasion and interpersonal support. This includes clear communication that we understand the other’s interests and values together with a more tactical management of the process – seeking to engage, withdraw or otherwise shape the situation.

Strategies To Communicate More Assertively
Online: 24 November 2015 9:00am – 12:00pm
This Assertiveness and Self Confidence Training Course empowers you with the confidence to be heard without feeling or appearing pushy. In this training course, you will learn how to enhance and develop techniques to communicate in a polite yet assertive way and get your point across when required.

Stress Less, Laugh More
Toowoomba: 26 November 2015 10:00am – 4:00pm
Renowned comedian, speaker and laughter expert Anthony Ackroyd presents his workshop ‘Stress Less, Laugh More’ and shows you why the physical, emotional and mental benefits of laughter are the ultimate antidote to the effects of stress. Anthony presents skills and strategies that enable you to reduce your stress and increase the levels of humour and laughter you experience on a daily basis so you can boost your happiness, energy, resilience, creativity and success!

Managing Committees & Minute Taking
Melbourne: 27 November 2015 9:30am – 5:00pm
The role of a committee Executive Officer in universities is not just about taking minutes, but understanding the full committee cycle, from the establishment of a committee and its Terms of Reference, to preparing agendas, taking and writing minutes, completing follow-up action items and preparing reports and agenda items.

Building Resilience Through Ongoing Change For Library Staff
Sydney: 30 November 2015 9:30am – 4:00pm
This full day workshop focuses on a range of practical strategies for building  resilience and maintaining motivation through major university library change processes.  The first half looks at the range of ways that people respond to change, the implications of changes happening in tertiary libraries, the factors behind these reactions and a constructive change management check list.  There are opportunities to discuss and share successful strategies (including real examples from other university libraries).

*ATEM also has a number Priority Place Programs for a selection of on-demand events, to improve the flexibility and accessibility of courses. These events will run once a minimum number of attendees have registered. Please browse the ATEM program listings for more information.
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. View ATEM’s 2015 Training Calendar.

LH Martin Institute

Maintaining Quality within Institutions
Online: 28 September – 20 November 2015
Maintaining Quality within Institutions focuses on how people undertake, define, measure,
monitor and improve quality and quality assurance processes and procedures within tertiary
education. Tertiary education institutions are under mounting pressure to demonstrate their
quality as a measure of social and financial accountability to students, the public and the
government. This subject will enable students to understand the contexts and approaches of internal quality monitoring, addressing and exploring a range of theoretical, cultural, methodological and practical considerations.

Operating an External Quality Agency
Online: 28 September – 20 November 2015
This subject deals with aspects of operating an external quality assurance agency (QA agency) building on the concepts and frameworks in quality assurance introduced in the previous compulsory subjects. The focus here is on the practical aspects of providing QA services that ensure quality of programs or institutions either through initial accreditation or later through re-accreditation or quality review and improvement strategies.

Institutional Research in Tertiary Education
Online: 28 September – 20 November 2015
This subject provides an overview of key elements of institutional research in tertiary education, to provide participants with knowledge and insights in areas such as:
- the foundations of institutional research: its history, emergence as a profession, contexts of application, and the role it plays in institutional governance and management
- international developments, concepts and approaches: the emergence of benchmarks and rankings and the use of institutional classifications
- analytic resources: common tools, techniques and technologies
- common domains of analysis: student enrolments, progression and completion, programs of study, research activity, workforce planning.


Online training library

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ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at

To browse the library, log in using your ACU staff username and password. The videos are segmented into chapters so you can pick up handy tips even if you only have 10 minutes to spare!  Interactive exercise sheets are also available to some topics so you can practise your new skills.