Professional development programs



Listed below are a number of professional development programs and networking events available 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 Erin Ryan on extension 2151.

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

Postgraduate SPLASH units

National: Several dates in 2015

SPLASH units are master's level units and may be used as credit towards a Master of Theological Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies. Interested participants may also audit (not for credit, no assessment) these units for their personal interest. They are delivered in intensive mode and are available nationally via video conference. Upcoming units include: Evolution, Ecology and God, and Celebrating Liturgy Today: Exploring the Ritual Enactment of Faith.

Theology short courses
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney: Several dates in 2015

Want to learn more about Christian faith in educated and accessible way? Interested in exploring theology but aren't able to commit to a degree? The Short Course program is just the thing! Suitable for parishioners, teachers, youth groups, university staff and students, and the general public. Explore the heart of Christianity and consider questions important to faith in a relaxed group setting. Our short courses enable you to learn from ACU's leading theology and philosophy scholars.

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is for teachers and other educational professionals who want to improve their tertiary teaching and gain formal qualifications in post-secondary education. Offered by ACU's Learning and Teaching Centre, the GCHE is open to degree-qualified academic and professional staff members who are directly involved in teaching.


Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

The Future Of Higher Education (higher Education Update)
Adelaide 03 July 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm 

In April 2014, The Hon Christopher Pyne, MP and Federal Minister for Education and Training, presented to the ATEM Central Region the Abbott Government’s views on de-regulation of Australian Universities. Twelve months on and we question what is happening in the Higher Education sector now? Professor Barney Glover, Chair of Universities Australia and Vice Chancellor UWS, Ms Julie Hare, Higher Education Editor of The Australian will discuss what has happened in the past 12 months and where we go from here.

Aotearoa Regional Conference
Wellington, New Zealand: 09 – 10 July 2015 9:00am – 5.00pm

ATEM Aotearoa Regional Biennial Conference will be held in Wellington in 2015. The conference theme of Reframing Leadership will explore the current and potential trends of theory and practice moving away from Myth and Misunderstanding, and will seek to develop an environment of Inspiration and Influence under the following two streams: A. Changing the Game and B. People and Practice.

The Power Of Influence
Brisbane: 14 – 15 July 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm 

The Power of Influence workshop will provide you with the skills to influence and build credibility in the workplace. You will learn techniques that will enable you to influence a diverse range of people and situations, including those over whom you have no authority. This course is right for you if: You're in a position that requires you to be able to influence a diverse range of people. Your employer will benefit because: You'll have the skills to positively influence a wide range of situations, and people from a variety of backgrounds.

Developing Resilience To Change
Melbourne: 16 July 2015 9:30am to 5:00pm

Introduction Review guidelines and goals for the day Organisational Change overview Types of change processes in tertiary organisations Aspects of change Reactions to change Emotions, and actions and reactions Factors that assist people through change, factors that hinder them Change management principles.

Increasing Your Level Of Wellbeing
Perth: 23 July 2015 8:30am to 12:30pm

People with higher levels of wellbeing are more productive and resourceful. Taking responsibility for one's own wellbeing is easier than it has ever been for any generation. With the move worldwide by psychological research organisations to focus on factors that increase wellbeing, there is an interesting array of strategies and approaches to apply to one's own life to apply to one's own life to increase life satisfaction, resilience and resourcefulness. This workshop looks at this research and its application to increasing our own wellbeing.

Introduction To Project Management
Melbourne: 24 July 2015 9:30am to 5:00pm

Project Management (PM) skills are increasingly becoming formal requirements for many professional and academic staff in the education sector. This course, developed by ATEM and Joel Martin, an experienced Educational Project Manager, provides the fundamental skills and knowledge to approach Project Management with confidence.

Business & Report Writing
Melbourne: 30 July 2015 9:30am to 5:00pm

This one-day workshop supports higher education staff to write with impact and to get results. Content focuses on writing clear and concise business reports within the tertiary context. This workshop is highly interactive and skills-based.

*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. View ATEM’s 2015 Training Calendar

LH Martin Institute

Leading and Managing Research
Online: 27 July – 18 September 2015

This subject provides an overview of key elements of research leadership and management in an institutional setting, to provide participants with knowledge and insights in areas such as:

  • public policy settings and funding frameworks for research institutions
  • commercial, community and philanthropic engagement (clients, partners, sponsors
  • institutional policies and strategies (internal systems to support research programs and research training, resourcing, ethics and reporting, publications, intellectual property)
  • managing researchers and research projects (making plans, setting priorities and managing the needs and expectations of different stakeholders).

External Quality Assurance
Online: 27 July – 18 September 2015

This subject covers key elements of international approaches to QA in tertiary education. These include:

  • QA for higher education
  • External QA roles and responsibilities
  • Networks of external QA agencies
  • Standards applied by external QA agencies
  • Emerging challenges for external QA agencies.

Effectively Handling Allegations and Investigations of Research Misconduct
Sydney: 7 July 2015

The increase in the number of researchers, growing pressure to publish, and the competition for research funding over the past decade, has put pressure on the academic research community. Although serious cases of research misconduct by members of academic staff are relatively few in Australian universities, where they occur they have the potential to impact not only the career of the particular staff member, but also to negatively impact the university in reputational and financial terms. International reports indicate that the requirement to deal with allegations or actual incidences of research misconduct is increasing.


Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

Workplace Relations Practitioner
Perth: 29 – 30 July 2015    

This two day 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. 
Topics covered

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Contracts
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Employment Legislation
  • Awards
  • Workplace Agreements
  • Termination of Employment

View AHEIA’s 2015 Training Calendar.

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