Professional development opportunities in October

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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

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.

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.

Introduction to LEAN

  • Ballarat: 16 October
  • Brisbane: 29 November
  • Canberra: 30 October
  • Melbourne: 3 October
  • North Sydney: 14 November

This session provides an overview of the core principles of the Lean methodology and basic Lean tools and techniques that can be applied to an improvement initiative.

Building Service Excellence

  • Ballarat: 17 October
  • Brisbane: 30 November
  • Canberra: 31 October
  • Melbourne: 4 October
  • North Sydney: 11 November

The Service Matters Framework is our strategy for guiding the best possible service delivery, now and into the future. This session provides a comprehensive orientation to the Framework and the tools and resources to support staff as they strive for service excellence. This practical training experience emphasises the importance of adopting a methodical approach to build service excellence and promoting service success stories.

Introduction to DISC: profiling for Team Communication

Video Conference, Webinar: 26 October

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.

NVivo Workshop North Sydney

North Sydney: 25 November

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Workshop

  • Ballarat: 12 December
  • Brisbane: 28 November
  • Canberra: 30 November
  • Melbourne: 14 December
  • North Sydney: 5 December
  • Strathfield: 6 December

The Cultural Awareness workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways and perspectives.


External Professional Development Opportunities

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

Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

Middle Managers Program

The ATEM Middle Managers Program is a unique three-day residential program designed especially for middle managers (and staff in equivalent roles), offering a rare chance to reflect and recharge with a group of colleagues from across Australasia.

2-4 October 2017 Melbourne, Victoria

Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour

This workshop provides frameworks for understanding, defining and managing difficult behaviour.

10 October 2017 Melbourne, Victoria

Developing Creativity

Do you sometimes struggle to think creatively or suffer from mental blocks when trying to come up with new ideas?

In this course participants will be exposed to techniques like mind-mapping, using gamification, using positive affirmations, confronting negative thoughts and ways to remove mental blocks. After attending this inspiring training course you will have a better understanding of what drives creative thinking and how to engage the creative thinking process.

16 October 2017 - Online

Admissions Conference 2017

ATEM and the universities in Adelaide are pleased to host the 2017 Admissions Conference, exploring the theme: ‘Higher Education Admissions - A Vintage Approach for a Modern Blend?’

19 - 20 October 2017 - Adelaide, SA

High Performance Memory

In this workshop, learn how to remember information, names and numbers like a genius! Your brain is powerful, but you are possibly harnessing only a fraction of its potential in your daily life. Now you can access more of the vast 'untapped potential' lying dormant within. Based on recent discoveries in neuroscience and how the brain works, you will learn step-by-step how to cultivate a super memory!

24 October 2017 - Brisbane, QLD

Influencing and Negotiation Skills

This program will describe the six key approaches to influencing and negotiation.

24 October 2017 - Melbourne, Victoria

Emotional Intelligence

This program is designed for people who want to understand the role that emotions play in their ability to perform, enjoy and be successful at work.

26 October 2017 - Melbourne, Victoria


Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA)

AHEIA provides practical, relevant training to our members.

People Behaving Badly ( 1 day)

  • 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:

Learning How to Increase Learner Engagement : Engaged students become more active learners. Help set learners up for success by teaching in a more interactive and immersive way. In this course, professor and instructional designer Karl Kapp explores teaching strategies that engage learners and make learning stick—whether you're teaching face-to-face or in an online classroom setting. Explore different lesson formats and activities that increase cognitive engagement, knowledge retention, and collaboration.

Improving Your Memory : Memory is not a finite resource, and with techniques like repetition, association, and visualization, you can improve your memory before it starts to fade. This fascinating course shows viewers of all ages how to improve their recall.

SPSS Statistics Essential Training: SPSS is a statistics and data analysis program for businesses, governments, research institutes, and academic organizations. In these tutorials, author Barton Poulson takes a practical, visual, and non-mathematical approach to SPSS.

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