Professional development opportunities in September

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Professional Development Opportunities

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 Capabilities and Development at

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 or outsourced trainers. There is no cost for attendance for these programs, and all interested continuing and fixed-term staff are encouraged to register.

NVivo Training Brisbane

Brisbane: 9 Sep

The Faculty of Education and Arts will be hosting 2 day NVivo workshops in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Communicate with Impact
  • Brisbane:
    • 22 Septempber
  • Canberra:
    • 26 September
  • Melbourne:
    • 19 September
  • North Sydney:
    • 28 September

This one-day program, facilitated by Maura Fay Group, explores how to communicate successfully in the many different situations encountered in the workplace; clarifying purpose and creating an environment conducive to sharing ideas and possibility.

Feedback and Coaching Skills
  • Brisbane:
    • 6 October
  • Canberra:
    • 13 October
  • Melbourne:
    • 3 October
  • North Sydney:
    • 10 October

This highly interactive one-day program, facilitated by Maura Fay Group, puts you in the hot seat to practice and become confident in holding authentic and honest conversations that have the power to transform relationships, behaviour and the wider workplace culture.


External Professional Development Opportunities

The following programs are run by external providers across the tertiary sector.

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

ATEM Organisational Development Symposium V

The ATEM Organisational Development Symposium provides a unique opportunity for OD practitioners within the higher education sector to grow professional connections and learn about innovations and significant projects from their peers.

4 September 2017 - Queenstown, New Zealand

Assertiveness & Self Confidence

This workshop teaches you how to become more confident and comfortable with personal assertiveness, how to cope with other people's negativity, and how to behave when someone else is being overbearing towards you.

In this course you also learn how to approach difficult topics and topics you’re passionate about with constructive approaches, including how to say “no” without being portrayed as “offensive,” use body language effectively, express your views and disagreements positively and more.

5 September 2017 - Online

EN Conference 2017

ENC 2017, 6-7 September, Hobart TAS | Innovations in Exams | Registrations OPEN

6-7 September 2017 - Hobart, Tasmania

Managing a Flexible Working Environment

A workshop for managers committed to embracing and maximising changing workforce dynamics.

6 September - Melbourne, Victoria

Managing Performance Positively

This interactive workshop will enable you to articulate a holistic approach to performance management, to apply practices that promote positive and minimise poor performance, and to be more effective in addressing low or poor performance.

7  September - Perth, WA

Writing for Digital Platforms

Writing an online forum, intranet, internet or even a blog or Facebook page? Brush up on the best ways to capture an online audience.

15 September  - Sydney, NSW

Best Practice Awards Dinner and Presentation Evening

The sixth Best Practice Awards presentation dinner will be held on 18 September at the Arts Centre Melbourne, as part of the TEM Conference 2017.

18 Sept 2017 - Melbourne, VIC

Policy Development Forum XIII

The ATEM Institutional Policy Network’s successful forum series this year stages its 13th event to coincide with the return of the Tertiary Education Management Conference to Melbourne.

21 September - Melbourne, Victoria

Business Writing Essentials

This workshop is packed full of tips to help you create clear, persuasive documents that get the results you want.

22 September - Sydney, NSW


Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

AHEIA provides practical, relevant training to our members.

People Behaving Badly ( 1 day)

September 13 - Perth

October 5 -  Melbourne

October 10 - Adelaide

October 18 - Brisbane


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.

Recommended Lynda Courses this month:

Programming Foundations: Fundamentals: This course provides the core knowledge to begin programming in any language.

Adobe Connect Essential Training : Learn how to use Adobe Connect to run meetings, connect with learners online, and record standalone presentations.

Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals: Introduction to Data Scienceprovides a comprehensive overview of modern data science: the practice of obtaining, exploring, modeling, and interpreting data. While most only think of the "big subject," big data, there are many more fields and concepts to explore.

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