Tip of the Week - Browse Upcoming Training

Published: Friday 26th August 2016

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.

Banner Report Training
(Human Resources) Webinar

The Banner Reporting training session has been developed from the reports listed in the Student Systems Banner Common Reports quick reference guide, available on the Student Systems Training SharePoint site.

Virtual Teams
(Human Resources) Video Conference: 5 Sep

Managing a virtual team is harder because of the challenges posed by communication styles, absence of nonverbal cues, time difference and cultural differences.

Finance Overview - Part 1
(Finance) Video Conference: 8 Sep

The Finance Overview workshop will improve staff understanding regarding a range of Finance topics. This information is vital for all aspects of finance administration, and will assist both new and existing staff members.

Capability Development Framework Information Sessions Adelaide; Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield (Human Resources) 12 September – 3 November

The ACU Capability Development Framework (CDF) is a whole-of-organisation approach to developing and strengthening the capabilities needed to achieve our strategy and support our Mission, and is part of the ongoing investment in the professional development of our staff.

Finance Overview - Part 2
(Finance) Video Conference: 15 Sep

The Finance Overview workshop will improve staff understanding regarding a range of Finance topics. This information is vital for all aspects of finance administration, and will assist both new and existing staff members.

Workplace Relations Essentials Melbourne: 19 Sep ; North Sydney: 21 Sep ;

This Workshop introduces managers and supervisors to the industrial relations environment within a higher education sector context, including underlying legal concepts, the various industrial instruments and the practical application of both through policy and actions in the workplace.

Finance Fundamentals - Finance Admin
(Finance) Video Conference: 21 Sep

The Finance Fundamentals sessions are designed to provide a very brief overview of Finance at ACU. We will outline fundamentals such as the chart of accounts, systems used at ACU, who to contact, and which training workshops would be relevant for your situation.


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 our staff discount here.


External Professional Development Opportunities

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

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

The Working Parents Resilience Program 2 Sep 16 -Melbourne, Victoria

Supporting parents to align their personal and professional lives after having children.

Time & Email Management 7 September 2016 -Online

This is a 3-hour power session learning about time and email management.

ATEM Organisational Development Symposium IV 7 Sep 16 -Melbourne, Victoria

The ATEM Organisational Development Symposium provides a unique opportunity for OD practitioners within the higher education sector to grow professional connections and learn about innovations and significant projects from their peers.

Management Decision Making Frameworks 9 September 2016 -Melbourne, Victoria

We make decisions every day in our personal and professional lives. This course will help you make better ones.

5th Annual ATEM Campus Review Awards Night and 40th Anniversary 12 Sep 16 -Auckland

The 5th Annual ATEM/Campus Review Award presentation evening and 40th anniversary celebration.

Enhancing Academic Workload Management 15/09/2016 -New Zealand

Eight Steps for Improving Business Processes 16th September 2016 -Sydney, NSW

This challenging one-day program has been developed following the success of the 'The Hows and Whys of Process Mapping' workshop.

Academic Consulting: Important Public Service or Double-dipping? 21 Sep 16 -Perth, WA
This breakfast seminar explores the problematic issue of academic consulting - how the competing interests play out and the consequences of getting it wrong.

*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.


Online Training Library

Provided by Lynda.com

ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at http://lynda.acu.edu.au/. You can watch individual videos from Lynda without completing a whole course. To browse the 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.

Adobe Connect Essential Training:

Learn how to use Adobe Connect to run meetings, connect with learners online, and record standalone presentations.

Weekly Office Workshop:

In this series, you will learn tips for use with Microsoft Applications. Scroll down on the left of your screen and click on the episode/Microsoft Application Tip you wish to watch. Some episodes are as short as 5 minutes long. Check back each week for another invaluable tip.

Up and Running with Lync Online:

Learn within the Office applications how to connect and collaborate with colleagues on documents and projects.