Professional development opportunities in April

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.

U@ACU Induction Workshop
Brisbane: 12 May; Melbourne: 12 May; North Sydney: 11 May; Strathfield: 10 May
This workshop is mandatory for all new staff and staff who have not yet attended this workshop.
Mental Health First Aid

Ballarat: 19 Apr ; 12 Apr ; Brisbane: 1 Jun ; 3 Jun ; Canberra: 19 May; 26 May; Melbourne: 28 Apr ; 2 May ; North Sydney: 5 May ; 12 May ; Strathfield: 24 May ; 19 May ;

This two day workshop is aimed at all staff wanting to develop their knowledge about mental health issues and how to support others in their workplace, community and personal networks.
Finance Fundamentals - Procurement
Video Conference: 20 Apr
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 April session, we will have a guest speaker from Finance Operations to answer queries regarding Procurement.
Time Management

Video Conference: 28 Apr

Staff are often faced with a number of work pressures and competing deadlines. It is often difficult to start and finish the required tasks without feeling the immense pressure.
Evidencing Teaching and Research in Applications for Academic Promotions

Video Conference: 3 May

Two one hour seminars, presented by video conference, which complement the Preparing for Academic Promotions Workshops are being conducted in May. These seminars have a specific focus on strategies for effective presentation of evidence of both Teaching and Research in applications for academic promotion.
Academic Workload Policy: Information Session

Video Conference: 7 Apr

Are you familiar with the components of the Academic Workload Policy and how they may relate to your role as an academic staff member? These lunchbox sessions are designed to provide information about the University’s Academic Workload Policy.
Preparing for Academic Promotion - Staff

Brisbane: 20 Apr ; Melbourne: 18 Apr ; North Sydney: 12 Apr ;

This workshop is aimed at Academic staff members considering applying for promotion in 2016, or in the future.
Professional Staff Performance Review and Planning Program (PRP) Information Session for Staff

Video Conference: 14 AprThe 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.

Leadership and Accountability of the Supervisor – Module 1

Brisbane: 13 Apr ; 14 Apr ; Canberra: 5 Apr ; Melbourne: 3 May ; 4 May ; 5 May ; 6 May ; North Sydney: 6 Apr ; 26 Apr 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.

Preparing for Academic Promotion - Supervisors Video Conference

Video Conference: 12 AprThis workshop is designed for National Heads of School, State Heads of School, and Deputy Heads of School who are supervising Academic staff members considering applying for promotion in 2016, or in the future.

Professional Staff Performance Review and Planning Program (PRP) Information Sessions for Supervisors

Video Conference: 19 AprThe 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 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.

External Professional Development Opportunities

The following programs are run by an external provider.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

7 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Higher Education Professional

Adelaide: 6 April 2016 9:00am to 1:00pm

Please join Jo Schneider and Judy Szekeres in this interactive workshop where they will discuss building professionalism in your career. Jo will take you through: General resume support and maintenance Effective work practices, including practical tips and tools to gain ultimate productivity, Advice on succeeding in your current role.

Writing An Effective Business Case
Sydney: 8 April 2016

If you have come via the link from our email, please note that this course is  scheduled for Friday 8th April, not the 15th. Writing an Effective Business Case Learn business case writing with training from a professional communicator. This business case writing workshop outlines practical ways to plan and write an effective business case, efficiently.

New Supervisor
Brisbane: 13 & 14 April 2016 9.00am – 5.00pm

This course is right for you if: You're a first-time manager, or you'd like to increase your potential for promotion into a leadership role. Your employer will benefit because: You will gain the necessary skills to become a highly capable and successful team leader. Learning Outcomes: Identify the strengths of your character and develop your effectiveness.

Leading Change Effectively
Perth: 14 April 2016 8.30am – 5.00pm
This is a workshop for leaders of change. Maybe you are responsible for developing and implementing the overarching change strategy, or maybe you are responsible for implementing a part of a bigger change strategy in your part of the organisation. As long as you see yourself as leading your part of the organisation through change, this program will be relevant to you.
The Hows And Whys Of Process Mapping

Sydney: 22 April 2016

The Hows and Whys of Process Mapping Process mapping has become increasingly important in our daily work. It is used as a way of conceptualising and communicating complex activities in an abstract, visual and concise manner. Process maps are also paramount for any process improvement initiative, system implementation and other changes.

Managing Committees And Minute Taking

Melbourne: 22 April 2016 9.30am – 5.00pm

The role of a committee Executive Officer in universities is not just about taking minutes, but understanding the full committee cycle, from the establishment of a committee and its Terms of Reference, to preparing agendas, taking and writing minutes, completing follow-up action items and preparing reports and agenda items.

*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.

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