Professional development opportunities

Published: Thursday 2nd June 2016

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.

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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.

Preparing for a Teaching Award

Video Conference (Learning and Teaching Centre)  1 June
This session will discuss the process, requirements and types of evidence needed for either Faculty or ACU Teaching Award applications. The session will be led by Associate Professor Janne Malfroy, Learning and Teaching Centre.

Inventory Management @Chemwatch

Webinar (Human Resources) 1 June
ACU encourages its staff members to undertake this training. The webinar is for anyone that manages chemical and dangerous goods inventories or accesses these inventories.

Cleaning and Exploring Your Data with Open Refine

Melbourne (Human Resources) 1 June

Data Visualization with Google Fusion Tables

Melbourne (Human Resources) 1 June

Cleaning and Exploring Your Data with Open Refine

Strathfield (Human Resources) 2 June

Data Visualization with Google Fusion Tables

Strathfield (Human Resources) 2 June

Customer Service Training

Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; Strathfield (Human Resources) 6 June
To succeed in our goals, organisations and individuals need to achieve peak levels of performance. This means meeting the expectations and requirements of customers and stakeholders through commitment to quality in service.

Introduction to DISC: Profiling for Team Communication

Video Conference (Human Resources) 7 June
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.

Generation Y - Super Smart

Strathfield (UniSuper) 8 June
For Generation Y, now is the time to visualise what type of retirement you seek, and level of funding required to support this outcome. This seminar takes younger members through the first key steps in developing a solid superannuation savings base from which to steadily grow their retirement nest egg.

Inventory Management @Chemwatch

Webinar (Human Resources) 9 June
ACU encourages its staff members to undertake this training. The webinar is for anyone that manages chemical and dangerous goods inventories or accesses these inventories.

Finance Fundamentals - Capital Projects

Video Conference (Finance) 15 June
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. For the June session, we will have a guest speaker from Financial Corporate Services to answer queries regarding Capital Project Accounting and Reporting

Work life Balance Series: Building Resilience

Video Conference (Human Resources) 29 June
This presentation provides practical information and tools for understanding the nature of emotional resilience, the benefits of resilience, areas where resilience could be developed, and ways of building resilience.

Lean Fundamentals

Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield (Human Resources) 4 July
Lean is a systematic and evidence-based approach to addressing issues affecting organisational performance that has been used by many businesses and universities to produce significant process improvement.

Building Service Excellence

Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield (Human Resources) 5 July
Excellent service delivery is critical to the success of every organisation – universities included. Everyone has a role to play in creating a culture of service excellence but building service excellence is a journey – it takes time and tools to do it properly and it’s worth doing well.

Introduction to Coaching for Managers

Ballarat; Brisbane; Canberra; Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield (Human Resources) 7 July
Workplace coaching is a technique for unlocking potential and creating peak performance. This workshop aims to teach the key skills of coaching to help teams solve tough problems, set goals, and learn on the job.

Finance Fundamentals

Video Conference (Finance)  20 July
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:

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies Available: Melbourne (multi-mode) and online in Semester 2, 2016

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 Semester 2, 2016

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.

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.

Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour Masterclass

This 'masterclass' builds on the Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour workshop (pre-requisite) and includes a detailed examination of organisational and HR arrangements and strategies; the development of 'protocols' for early intervention and the application of these to case studies. Offered to participants who have attended a Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour workshop.

Location: TBA
Date: 16/06/2016
Time: 9am - 5pm
Register now

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Positive People Management 26 May 16 -Perth, WA

This workshop will enable you to articulate and apply a holistic approach to performance management.

CSBA Benchmarking Workshop
1 Jun 16 -Perth, Australia
The CSBA Masterclass Benchmarking workshop runs in conjunction with the Student Services Centres Conference each year.

2016 SSC Conference
1 Jun 16 -Perth, Australia
SSCC 2016 "Navigating Change in Higher Education" - Perth, Australia - 1-3 June

The Working Parents Resilience Program
Supporting parents to align their personal and professional lives after having children.
10 Jun 16 -Melbourne, Victoria

Effective Business Writing 15-16 June 2016 -Spring Hill, QLD

This workshop is for you if your role involves written communication or you're looking to develop your professional writing skills.

Writing an Effective Business Case 17 Jun 16 -Sydney, NSW
Learn business case writing with training from a professional communicator.

The Hows and Whys of Process Mapping 17 June 2016 -Melbourne, Victoria
This program delivers the tools required to understand processes and map them clearly according the level required for each audience.

Project Management Fundamentals
21-22 June 2016 -Brisbane, QLD

Are you a new or aspiring project manager or work in a project based organisation? Then this workshop is for you!

PNG Conference 23 Jun 16 -PNG University of Technology
2nd Papua New Guinea ATEM Conference

Managing by Project: Strategic Intent to Project Reality 30 Jun 16 -Perth, WA

This workshop will focus specifically on the role played by senior stakeholders in making projects succeed.

*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.

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