Professional Development Opportunities - December

Published: Wednesday 25th November 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.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Workshop

North Sydney, Strathfield, Melbourne, 03, 04, 17 December 2015
The Cultural Awareness workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways and perspectives.

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

Canberra, Ballarat, Brisbane, 01, 09, 15 December 2015
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.

Scholarships available

Scholarships are now available for eligible ACU staff to undertake the following courses offered by external training bodies during 2016.

Certificate IV in Business Administration

Applications to undertake the Certificate IV in Business Administration are now being invited from professional staff members – deadline 18 December. The Business Administration Program, comprised of 10 units, is a nationally-recognised qualification for professional staff in administrative roles. Scholarship covers the full course fees to complete the Certificate IV Business Administration. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must meet eligibility requirements outlined above and be prepared to complete the Program within 18 months (or less) from commencement date, have read, understood and agreed to the Certificate IV Business Administration Policy.

Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP)

Applications to undertake the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP) are now open – deadline 15 December. The eLAMP is offered in partnership through the LH Martin Institute and ATEM and was developed in response to the need for accessible and relevant professional development for new and aspiring tertiary education managers in times of increasing pressures for change. This program will provide participants with the combination of skills, knowledge and judgements required to lead and manage effectively in the current environment.

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

Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne  - Six start dates in 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 the staff discount here.

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)

ATEM Breakfast Series

Melbourne: 03 December 2015 7:30am - 9:00am
ATEM Bass region is delighted to present this breakfast event at Melbourne’s luxurious Park Hyatt, featuring guest speaker Dianne McGrath one of the Australian shortlisted Mars One astronaut candidates in the remaining Mars 100.

Tertiary Education Timetabling & Resource Innovation Symposium

St Luca, QLD: 03 – 04 December 2015
The two day event will include a range of workshops and formal presentations with a focus on exploring, identifying, articulating and developing a framework for measuring and developing best practice in tertiary education scheduling. The value and relevance of the discussion, and outcomes from this forum, depend on the enthusiasm and involvement of a broad sample of our industry community. Your experiences and knowledge are essential when considering best practice and industry standards. We strongly encourage you to  consider how your expertise and experience can enhance the discussion by volunteering to lead a discussion, facilitate a workshop, or provide a formal presentation.

Business Writing Essentials

Sydney: 02 December 2015
Learn to write clear and professional documents that get the results you want. Update your writing skills and boost your credibility with this popular one-day program. This workshop is packed full of tips to help you create clear, persuasive documents that get the results you want. We explore real-life samples of workplace documents, from reports, memos and business cases, to policies, procedures and emails. You’ll learn how to structure and plan these documents, present an effective case, write clearly for your audience, and apply correct style for the Australian workplace.

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 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.