The purpose of the NSMF is to:

  • Align activities across Directorates with the Portfolio’s priorities, and focus on projects, activities and/or priorities identified by the Portfolio Executive Committee;
  • Build relationships and facilitate greater collaboration and collegiality within the Portfolio;
  • Identify national trends, themes and operational issues;
  • Identify impacts of national activities on other Portfolio areas;
  • Respond to service issues arising from Portfolio feedback mechanisms (e.g. Portfolio Campus Conversations, myVoice Survey), in collaboration with Service Leads;
  • Champion Corporate Services activities, and role model Portfolio values and behaviours;
  • Provide a professional development opportunity for staff in leadership roles; and
  • Increase the awareness of the breadth and depth of Portfolio activities.

The outcomes of the NSMF will be reported back to PEC and PLF for consideration.


The NSMF will convene twice a year in quarters two and four (potentially one will be face-to-face and the other virtual).  The first NSMF was convened in Semester 1, 2016.

Membership criteria

  • Managers who undertake a national or state leadership role across ACU;
  • Managers who undertake a role that is primarily service oriented;
  • Managers who typically supervise an operational team;
  • Managers at the HEW 9 level and/or above and report to a Portfolio Leadership Forum member.

National and State Managers Membership 

The National & State Forum Membership List (PDF file, 164KB)


Page last updated on 09/04/2024

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