Tip of the Week - Further your professional development

Published: Wednesday 5th October 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.

Capability Development Framework Information Sessions

Adelaide: 3 November; Ballarat: 24 October; Brisbane: 4 October; 5 October; Canberra: 26 October;  Melbourne: 6 October; 17 October; 2 November; North Sydney: 17 October; 18 October; 31 October.

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.

The DISC Profile is the most widely used behavioural model in the world. Effective and productive teams need a mixture of different behavioural types, each person being in a position to make a real contribution, given their unique strengths, knowledge, skills and experience.

Communicating Effectively

Ballarat: 18 October; Brisbane: 27 October; Canberra: 31 October; Melbourne: 29 October; North Sydney: 11 October; Strathfield: 13 October

In our daily lives, billions of messages are sent in various forms, but not all of them get through. Of those that do, many are filtered, scanned or misunderstood which is why communication breakdowns are so common in the workplace and we don’t get the outcomes we are looking for.

Work Life Balance Series: Mental Health Awareness for Employees
Video conference: 11 October

Mental Health issues such as anxiety and depression are very common amongst people of working ages, and while many different factors contribute to this, most people in the workplace will have either experienced a mental health issue or know someone that has.

Finance Fundamentals

Video conference: 19 October

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:

Spanish and Italian now offered at ACU

ACU is excited to announce the launch of the Diploma in Languages. It will be offered collaboratively by the Faculty of Education and Arts and ACU International, with the language units taught through the ACU Language Centres.

Initially the languages available will be Italian and Spanish - driven by the development of ACU’s Rome Campus and by partnerships with prestigious Catholic universities in Latin America, such as The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago – one of the highest ranking universities in Latin America. Click here for more information.

* Please note: ACU staff can attend language classes as audit students if you would like the benefit of classes without the additional pressure of assessments and exams. Short introductory classes for staff planning to teach at the Rome campus next year, or accompanying student groups to one of our partner universities in Chile are also available. We are planning to offer one of the languages in intensive mode in North Sydney’s July School.

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 per cent discount.  This discount is in addition to all benefits received through ACU.  Learn more about our staff discount.

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies
Available: Melbourne (multi-mode) and online in February 2017

The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies (GCCS) was developed for graduate teachers who need accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools. For ACU staff, this course is also suitable for those who want to learn more about the Catholic tradition that underpins our organisation.

On completing the course, you will:

  • Know and understand the theological concepts fundamental to the Catholic tradition.
  • Understand the place and use of the scriptures in the Catholic tradition.
  • Know and understand the communal, sacramental, liturgical and moral dimensions of the Catholic tradition.

The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies can be used to articulate into the Master of Professional Studies in Theology.

Master of Professional Studies in Theology

Available: Nationally across all ACU campuses (multi-mode) and online in February 2017

The new Master of Professional Studies in Theology (MPST) is ideal for professionals working in Catholic organisations who are looking to develop and enhance their leadership capacity.

For ACU staff, the MPST will allow you to build upon existing qualifications and professional experience to understand and promote the mission, identity and ethos of the Catholic Church.

The course has been designed to develop a deeper level of engagement with the discipline of theology. It provides a rich variety of international study tour opportunities, an ability to specialise in particular discipline areas, as well as a capstone research component.


External Professional Development Opportunities

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

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Cross Sectoral Forum #4
4 October - Melbourne

A meeting of TAFE, private providers and universities to network issues on cross-sectoral partnerships.

Admissions Conference
6 October - Brisbane, Queensland

Come and share your initiatives, your successes and learnings; gain ideas and inspiration from the experience of others, hear from practitioners and leaders in the admissions field and sort through admission myths and facts together at The Leadership Centre, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane.

High Performance Memory
10 October - Brisbane, QLD

In this workshop, learn how to remember information, names and numbers like a genius!

Grow Your Own Brand
12 October - Adelaide, SA

More than ever, each of us is considered a "brand". But what does that mean for you and your career, and why does it even matter?

Queensland 40th Anniversary Breakfast
13 October - Brisbane, QLD

Join us in celebrating ATEM 40th Anniversary with the Queensland Region

17 October - Sydney, NSW

Course Portfolio and Management from a Market Perspective.

Resilience and Mindfulness
17 October - Melbourne, Victoria

This full day workshop looks at resilience and mindfulness, what they are and how they can be applied as actions and practices in our professional and personal lives.

Goal Setting & Getting Things Done
19 October - Online

Do you want to enhance your ability with goal setting and getting things done to assist with becoming more productive, successful, and satisfied? Then this course is for you!

Policy Development Forum XII
27 October - Melbourne, Victoria

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the ATEM Institutional Policy Network’s successful forum series this year stages its 12th event.

Western Region Conference

28 October - Perth, WA

This year's theme will focus on: 'Facing the Future - Collaborate or Crumble'. The conference also incorporates a late-afternoon celebration of ATEM's 40th anniversary, to which all conference attendees are invited. Mr Carl Rallings, ATEM President, will be the guest speaker. If you wish to attend the celebration from 3.30pm but not the conference, please register for the celebration only here.

28 October - Melbourne, Victoria

This workshop aims to improve participants’ ability to effectively manage their time and personal and work priorities.

*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.

Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Advanced Workplace Relations Practitioner

This program delivered over two half days (includes a networking dinner) covers strategic industrial relations issues and case studies appropriate to senior HR/IR practitioners in the higher education sector.

Location: Canberra
Date: 18 October

Time: 9am to 5pm

Location: Brisbane
Date: 25 October
Time: 9am to 5pm

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.

Balancing Work and Life

Learn how to have it all and enjoy it all by balancing your life and work.

PowerPoint 2013 Essential Training

In this course, author Jess Stratton teaches the basics of creating, editing and sharing presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

Top 10 Apps for Enhanced Productivity

Get more done, reduce stress and find more time for what really matters, with organization expert Suzanna Kaye's top ten favorite apps for improved productivity.