Professional development opportunities

Published: Monday 24th August 2015

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. You can register through the links provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ryan on extension 2151.

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

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.  Register now to attend the next free MBAE Masterclass “Sustainable finance” in Sydney on  Friday, 11th September.

Stay tuned - Registration for the next free MBAe Experience evening in Brisbane and Masterclass in Melbourne will be posted on the FLB news page


Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Brisbane 09 September 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm 

The Writing Persuasive Documents short course develops your talent for producing compelling and influential copy. Exploring a range of techniques and styles, you'll gain the skills you need to express ideas in ways that engage audiences and inspire action.

Emotional Intelligence
Melbourne: 10 September 2015 9:30am – 5.00pm

This program is designed for people who want to understand the role that emotions play in their ability to perform, enjoy and be successful at work and who want to empower themselves by strengthening their emotional style and perception. It is an opportunity to validate the intuitive or emotional side of personality and the power it has to enhance all aspects of performance and interactions.

Sydney: 11 September 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm 

This workshop is designed for the busy support professional and will improve your financial knowledge as well as your technical Excel skills. You will gain an overview of fundamental accounting and financial concepts, and learn how to present the data available to you into a concise report.

Organisational Development Symposium
Adelaide: 14 September 2015 9:30am to 5:00pm

This year we are coordinating the program with the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) who will hold the AHEIA OD Directors meeting on Tuesday 15th and the AHEIA HR Benchmarking Conference which continues into the Wednesday the 16th.

Sydney: 18 September 2015 

This challenging one-day program has been developed following the success of the 'The Hows and Whys of Process Mapping' workshop. This program was inspired in various process improvement methodologies initially designed for the manufacturing industry (BPR, BPI, Six sigma, Lean, Change management, etc) but practically applied to the government and education sector.

Online: 29 September 2015 9:00am – 12:00pm

This 3 hour power session is a Hands On Instructor-led Virtual Classroom Experience that gives participants the opportunity to experience training without having to travel to the training room. Participants are able to chat and collaborate with the facilitator and each other - just like any other workshop

*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

Sydney: 17 – 18 September 2015

This program provides an opportunity for those responsible for managing financial resources to enhance their understanding of financial systems, tools and processes, and optimise their use in improved management and strategic planning. Tailored to the tertiary education environment and utilising a series of related case studies, the program's sessions will relate back to participants’ individual situations and responsibilities.

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.

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.

Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Perth: 22 September 2015    

This one day program will develop participants’ understanding of the disciplinary procedures which apply in the higher education sector. This program focuses on the unique characteristics of disciplinary processes in the higher education sector and provides practitioners with a ‘hands on’ guide to dealing with allegations of misconduct/serious misconduct.

Topics covered
The history of university disciplinary procedures (‘Bryant Award’)
An overview of the disciplinary process
Misconduct, Serious Misconduct and Suspension
Preliminary/Informal Investigations
Drafting Allegations
Preparing for the committee process
Independent Investigations
Misconduct Investigation Committees

Perth, Melbourne: 1 & 2, 29 & 30 September 2015

This program delivered over 2 half days covers strategic industrial relations issues and case studies appropriate to senior practitioners.
Participants undertake a complex case study and attend a networking dinner as part of the program. 

Topics covered
Termination of employment provisions - Fair Work Act 2009
Fixed term employment
Dispute settlement
Workplace change
Adverse action

Sydney, Adelaide, Perth: 9, 17, 23 September 2015

This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour; including a range of approaches and techniques for dealing with specific behaviours in the workplace.

Topics covered
Difficult Behaviours at Work
Managing Difficult Behaviours
Assessment and Management of Specific Behaviour
Building Personal  and Organisational Support


Online training library

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

Have a look at the newly added videos below, or to browse the whole 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.

Writing Email  
Duration: 1h 13m

Discover the secrets to writing powerful emails your colleagues will read and answer by crafting your message and delivery. In this short course, author and business writing professor Judy Steiner-Williams shows you how to write emails for maximum readability and impact. 

Creating Customer Value 
Duration: 33m 50s

Customer loyalty expert Jill Griffin explains how customers form perceptions of your brand, why they switch brands, and how you can manage the relationship between your brand, your product/service, and your price—so they see why your offering is valuable and remain loyal. She offers seven proven methods to maximize value and differentiate your product/service, drawing on real-world examples from companies such as Zappos, 3M, and Amazon. Plus, get a 10-day action plan that will help your company or team find fresh ways to bring value to customers.

Study Skills Fundamentals 
Duration: 1h 36m

Whether you want to ace your next test or simply retain information better (at work or at home), good study habits are essential. Paul Nowak offers tips for improving your reading speed and comprehension, creating detailed notes, committing the learning to memory, and even taking tests. The information in this course is appropriate for all levels of learners, from grade school and grad students to full-time members of the workforce. Start watching now—you'll never approach studying the same way again.