Professional Development Opportunities - March

Published: Wednesday 24th February 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.

Finance Overview - Part 1
Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield: 25 Feb

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.

Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards Information Session
Video Conference: 2 Mar
Information session about the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards, which have been substantially improved to celebrate the efforts of the outstanding people in our organisation. The awards process was reviewed last year resulting in a larger nomination pool, and allowing teams and individuals to nominate themselves. There has also been a substantial increase in prizes and our awards are now comparable with other universities.
ACU Project Management Model

Brisbane: 4 Mar ; Melbourne: 3 Mar ; North Sydney: 2 Mar ;

This training will provide a comprehensive orientation to the principles and processes of the ACU Project Management Model and a toolkit of resources that staff can use on projects of all sizes.

Video Conference: 3 Mar

This presentation will help staff learn about GST (Goods and Services Tax), FBT (Fringe Benefits Tax) and its implications on reporting. Participants will also acquire knowledge about the University's Insurance coverage for University approved activities.
Lean Fundamentals

Ballarat: 23 Mar ; Brisbane: 15 Mar ; Canberra: 30 Mar ; Melbourne: 21 Mar ; North Sydney: 7 Mar ; Strathfield: 10 Mar ;

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.
Finance Overview - Part 2

Melbourne; North Sydney; Strathfield: 7 Mar

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.
Building Service Excellence

Ballarat: 24 Mar ; Brisbane: 16 Mar ; Canberra: 31 Mar ; Melbourne: 22 Mar ; North Sydney: 8 Mar ; Strathfield: 11 Mar ;

Excellent service delivery is critical to the success of every organisation. The Service Matters Framework is our strategy for guiding the best possible service delivery, now and into the future. This workshop provides a comprehensive orientation to the Framework and the tools and resources to support staff as they strive for service excellence.
Research Administration

Video Conference: 10 Mar

This workshop will help staff understand the financial obligations of researchers pre and post grant award. Information will be relevant for both internal and external grants.
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.
Finance Fundamentals - Travel

Video Conference: 16 Mar

The Finance Fundamentals sessions are designed to provide a very brief overview of Finance at ACU. We will outline fundamentals such as systems used at ACU, who to contact, and which training workshops would be relevant for your situation. For the March session, we will have a guest speaker from Finance Operations to answer queries regarding Travel.
Introduction to Budgeting

Video Conference: 17 Mar

This workshop is designed to give staff an overview of the Budget Allocation Process at ACU. We will discuss how revenue is calculated and distributed; expense budgets, carry forwards and forecasting.
The Performance Review and Planning (PRP) process provides a key framework at ACU in building a culture of performance excellence which requires the alignment of each staff members work with organisational and strategic priorities.
The Performance Review and Planning (PRP) process is essential as it supports staff in building a culture of performance excellence and the University achieving its strategic objectives.
ACU has partnered with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to develop a new Leadership & Accountability of the Supervisor Program tailored to ACU’s operational context. Supervisors in Ballarat should register for Melbourne sessions. Supervisors in Strathfield should register for North Sydney sessions.

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.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

The Hows And Whys Of Process Mapping
Sydney: 18 March 2016
This program delivers the tools required to understand processes and map them clearly according the level required for each audience. This program uses diagramming shapes shared between the most renowned market methodologies for process mapping - UML activity diagrams and BPMN.
This one day symposium will focus on a number of issues including first in family focus, a detailed look at Curtin retention analytics as a means to improving student retention and then a focus on the student experience from the view of the counsellor.
*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)

Workplace Relations Practitioner
Multiple dates & locations
This two day free to members program introduces participants to the higher education industrial relations environment, including underlying legal concepts, the various industrial instruments and the practical application of both.
The program focuses on what’s important for staff working at the ‘coalface’ of university workplace relations.

Who should attend? Workplace relations practitioners who are relatively new to the sector and/or new to a workplace relations role. Staff who would like to update and refresh their skills in industrial / workplace relations.


Online training library

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