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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 learninggs@acu.edu.au.

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.

Communicate with Impact (Pilot)

Melbourne: 2 March

This one-day program facilitated by the 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.

Introduction to DISC: profiling for Team Communication

Video Conference: 7 March

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.

Feedback and Coaching (Pilot)

Melbourne: 16 March

Providing regular feedback and coaching is well known for improving results in employee performance and engagement. It is a key foundation skill for all managers, yet many people leaders still avoid engaging in regular feedback and coaching conversations.

ACU Project Management Model Workshop

Brisbane: 29 March, 30 March; Melbourne: 28 March; North Sydney: 23 March

ACU Project Management Model and its key components. This session will benefit people who manage projects and are interested in providing input to the revision of the ACU Project Management Model. It is also intended for those who want to quickly gain an understanding of the important principles of project management and how to apply them.

Hiring to Make a Change – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Employment

Video Conference: 30 March

Lunchbox Session: You can make a difference with recruitment practices that support employment equity.


ACU Faculties offer the following opportunities for staff on a fee-paying basis:

Spanish and Italian now offered at ACU

ACU is excited to announce the launch of the Diploma in Languages. It will be offered collaboratively by the Faculty of Education and Arts and ACU International, with the language units taught through the ACU Language Centres.

Initially the languages available will be Italian and Spanish - driven by the development of ACU’s Rome Campus and by partnerships with prestigious Catholic universities in Latin America, such as The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago – one of the highest ranking universities in Latin America. Click here for more information.

* Please note: ACU staff can attend language classes as audit students if you would like the benefit of classes without the additional pressure of assessments and exams. Short introductory classes for staff planning to teach at the Rome campus next year, or accompanying student groups to one of our partner universities in Chile are also available. We are planning to offer one of the languages in intensive mode in North Sydney’s July School.

Master of Business Administration (Executive)

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne  - Six start dates in 2017
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 per cent discount.  This discount is in addition to all benefits received through ACU.  Learn more about our staff discount here.

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies

Available: Melbourne (multi-mode) and online in Semester 2, 2017

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.

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, 2017 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.


External Professional Development Opportunities

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

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Breakfast with the Chief Scientist

8 March, 2017 - Perth, WA

Breakfast with the Chief Scientist of WA

ATEM Bass International Women's Day Breakfast

8 March, 2017 - Melbourne, Victoria
ATEM Breakfast Series returns for 2017 on International Women's Day with special guest Nicole Livingstone.

Professional Staff, Service Culture & the Student Experience

17 March, 2017 - Melbourne, Victoria

As government subsidies diminish and student contributions grow, Universities are increasingly seeking to find a competitive edge through their commitment to ‘the student experience’.

Effective Team Leadership

23 March 2017 - Melbourne, Victoria

This is an exciting new program aimed at those new to management or supervisory roles.

Handling Challenging Experiences with Confidence and Compassion

24 March 2017 -Sydney, NSW

Emotional resilience for Managers: Handling challenging experiences with confidence.

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

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.

Location: Canberra
Date: 15-16 March 2017
Time: 8.45am - 4.30pm
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Location: Adelaide
Date: 28-29 March 2017
Time: 8.45am - 4.30pm
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Location: Melbourne
Date: 7- 8 March 2017
Time: 8:30 - 4:30
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Location: Perth
Date: 22 -23 March 2017
Time: 9am - 5pm
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Online Training Library

Provided by Lynda.com

ACU staff have free unlimited access to a vast online library of training videos at http://lynda.acu.edu.au/. 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 links this month:

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