Learning opportunities in April

A range of learning opportunities are offered to maximise your development with a focus on building capability and providing career development opportunities.

Discover the opportunities that are available online and on-campus in April.

Register via the links below or visit the Learning Calendar to explore other learning opportunities.


Mental Health First Aid

Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 April 9am-5pm

Audience: all staff

This program is designed for staff wanting to gain the skills and confidence to recognise and provide initial level assistance to others experiencing a mental health issue or crisis until the appropriate professional help is received or crisis resolves.

On successful completion of this course, you will be a nationally accredited Mental Health First Aider for three years, including if you wish to be public identified at ACU as a Mental Health First Aider for other staff. Attendance on both days in mandatory.


Creating Respectful Workplaces

Tuesday 9 April, 10am-2.30pm 

Creating Respectful Workplaces challenges people to think about and understand why they think the way they do, and challenges them to consider the impact of those deeply entrenched belief systems. The session facilitates an open and honest discussion about issues that most participants have rarely discussed in a safe, educational setting. Ultimately, the session sets out to motivate and empower people with the skills to make a real difference in their communities.

Lead From Anywhere

Wednesday 10 April, 9.30am-11.30am

Audience: leaders/supervisors

How are you leading your team in a hybrid work environment? Many leaders are now faced with creating and implementing a hybrid business model. Employees' expectations have changed, and if we don't adapt, we risk higher staff turnover, reduced employee engagement and lower job satisfaction.

In Lead From Anywhere, leaders learn to effectively manage in a hybrid working environment.

GDPR Basics

Monday 15 April, 10am-11.30am

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) is a uniform data protection and Privacy law that applies to ACU due to the Rome campus, ACUO and international students. ACU offering services (education, research) or monitoring the behaviour of individuals in the EU (teaching, supporting, marketing, researching) means we have to abide. Learn the basics - how does it differ from Australian law and what does this mean for the work I do?

Understanding the University Sector

Wednesday 17 April, 10am-1pm 

This workshop will give you the map to navigate the Higher Education sector terrain and build bridges with your academic and professional colleagues. A brief history of higher education in Australia will set the scene for the day. The session will explore the governance and management structure of universities; the university workforce, and the differences between professional and academic staff (role and progression) and explore current policy issues the high education sector is facing including the re-registration of universities as self-accrediting providers.

Having Difficult Conversations

Thursday 18 April, 9.30am-11.30am 

Difficult conversations are inevitable in any workplace. However, if managed poorly, difficult conversations can lead to significant disharmony, stress, and broken relationships. You can't avoid these kinds of conversations, but you can learn how to handle them more effectively. During this workshop, gain insight into how to prepare and conduct difficult conversations with confidence.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness

Friday 19 April, 9.30am-11.30am 

This program is for staff looking to develop a greater understanding of the importance of kinship and community in the everyday life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students. This program will be particularly useful for staff who are interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, colleagues and community.

Flourishing Through Mission

Monday 22 April, 10am-11am 

This interactive virtual workshop provides an opportunity for staff to understand and participate in a discussion about the Mission and its importance at ACU, how the Mission aligns with your work at ACU, and information about ACU’s identity as a Catholic university.


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