19 March 2024

Upcoming Public Sector events

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Check out the latest public sector networking and education events. Photo: Supplied.

Power BI Fundamentals – Powering Up Your Data Insights

Date: 26 – 27 March, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Cliftons Melbourne
Level 1, 440 Collins St, Melbourne, Vic
Email: [email protected]

Take your business intelligence and professional success to the next level by analysing, visualising and sharing data.

  • Power BI 101
  • Build impactful reports using data modelling and visualisation tools
  • Transform data like a pro
  • Use Power Query Editor to shape and clean data for powerful insights
  • Communicate insights effectively
  • Create visually compelling reports that communicate complex data clearly
  • Collaborate with ease
  • Discover the best practices to share your reports and seamlessly collaborate with your team.

Speaker Lance Rubin has a wealth of financial modelling experience across financial and professional services, having worked at two of the Big 4 accounting firms, Investec Bank Corporate Finance and Advisory, and National Australia Bank.

Lance is the founder of Model Citizn, an organisation that helps businesses and governments to make relevant, informed, and purposeful decisions with insight, by better managing cash flow and their Excel and Power BI environments. Lance has run workshops across Australia and New Zealand on data analytics and data visualisation using Power BI on behalf of ACCA and CA ANZ (CA Catalyst).

He is also the chief Excel officer for EXL Cloud, an innovative software solution that helps accountants and finance professionals get more value from the cloud and Excel by automating the creation of cashflow and financial models. Lance is a recognised global expert in Power BI for Accounting and Finance and has been a speaker at the Global Power BI Summit for the past two years.

Effective Communication

Date: 25 – 27 March, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Three three-hour face-to-screen sessions
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

This course was previously named Compelling Communication. Almost everything we do in the workplace involves communication, and our overall job effectiveness is strongly influenced by how well we communicate.

In the APS, we require the ability to present information clearly, concisely and in a compelling manner, going to the heart of the issue with speed and clarity.

Effective communication is about being able to deliver strategic and operational information quickly and clearly to a specific target audience or individual. As such, effective communication takes into account the needs and characteristics of the specific audience.

Course participants should bring two current samples of writing when they attend. These may be emails, briefs, reports, or other writing from the workplace. Editing practice can be applied directly to their own work. All writing remains confidential and will not be shared or discussed.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for APS 1 – EL 2.

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Working with Men to End Family, Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence Summit

Date: 26 – 27 March, 2024
Time: All day
Location: Hybrid
Email: [email protected]

Ninety-five per cent of violence victims report a male perpetrator. Respectful and evidence-based engagement with violent men is crucial to ensure the safety of women and children. To prevent the stark statistics in Australia from continuing on the same trajectory, we need to help men who use violence to change their behaviour and ultimately take responsibility for their actions.

The 3rd annual Working with Men to End Family, Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence Summit will explore approaches that hold men accountable and empower them to become a part of the solution and to break the cycle of violence against women and children.

Bringing together intersectional perspectives from peak bodies and government and behaviour change organisations, this summit will discuss strategies for transforming behaviour, disrupting intergenerational patterns of abuse and working with shame. Join us for critical discussions on different approaches to violence prevention, and learn from those who are making a difference.

The Hatchery is partnering with No to Violence, Australia’s national peak body for organisations that work with men who use violence, providing training, sector development and advocacy across the sector. It also operates the Men’s Referral Service, providing a counselling service and referral pathways directly to men who use violence.

As a pro-feminist organisation, women and children are at the centre of what NTV does – by ending men’s use of family violence, families, individuals and communities are safer.

Working Effectively at the APS 5 Level

Date: 26 – 27 March, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Two three-hour face-to-screen sessions
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

This program will assist you to understand the work-level standards, capability requirements and behavioural expectations at the APS 5 level.

The program focuses on the work-level expectations and capability requirements at the APS 5 level detailed in the APS Work Level Standards (WLS) and the APS Integrated Leadership System (ILS). To clarify the step-up in expectations, the program compares the APS 5 work levels and capability requirements to the APS 4 level.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for APS 4 – APS 5.

From Compliance to Resilience: Embracing Cybersecurity in a Changing Regulatory Landscape

Time: Noon for 12:30 pm – 2 pm
Date: 27 March, 2024
Location: QT Canberra,
1 London Cct, Canberra, ACT
Email: [email protected]

As cyber threats continue to evolve and grow in sophistication, safeguarding your business against potential risks has never been more crucial.

We’re excited to invite you to our cybersecurity event designed specifically for businesses like yours, where you will hear from Ashwin Pal – cybersecurity and privacy specialist at RSM.
Ashwin will highlight changes in the legislative landscape surrounding cyber, the most impactful being the Small Business Exemption. Previously, businesses needed to have a turnover of $3m or higher to have to adhere to the Privacy Act. This has now been reduced to $0.

According to the results from the ACSC Small Business Survey, 62 per cent of respondents have experienced a cybersecurity incident. In 2022-23, the cost of cybercrime to businesses increased by 14 per cent compared with the previous financial year.

Small businesses experienced an average financial loss of $46,000, while cybercrimes cost medium businesses an average of $97,200, highlighting the hefty price to pay for not doing enough to mitigate this threat.

Ashwin has more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, risk management, and IT governance. He is passionate about providing solutions to his clients and has worked alongside many industries, including energy and utilities, government, health, mining and manufacturing.

Administrative Decision-Making

Date: 3 April, 2024
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Location: One 2.5-hour face-to-screen session
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

Making good administrative decisions that are consistent with legal and policy frameworks is an essential skill. Examine legal authorities that make decisions and the responsibilities of administrative decision-makers.

Work through case studies and scenarios to identify, interpret and apply legislation in making decisions and examine how decisions can be reviewed.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for APS 1 – EL 2.

Briefing and Responding to APS Decision-Makers

Date: 4 April, 2024
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: One eight-hour face-to-screen session
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

This program takes an in-depth look at decision-making and covers the skills required to design, develop and deliver a briefing. Understand the development and role of question time briefs, ministerial talking points for media engagements, ministerial adviser briefings, hot-issue briefings, ministerial submissions and second-reading speeches.

Experience ”real-life” briefing scenarios that simulate the high pressure and stakes of a government briefing. Learn effective briefing techniques and workshop approaches that build relationships with senior APS decision-makers, ministers and advisers.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for APS 5 – EL 2.

8th National Women in Rail, Roads & Transport Infrastructure Leadership Summit

Date: 8 – 12 April, 2024
Time: All day
Location: Hybrid
Email: [email protected]

Women in rail, roads and transport infrastructure … start your engines!
Step on the highway to empowerment and inspiration as we showcase the remarkable resilience and unwavering determination of women leaders taking the industry by storm.

Join us at the summit to ignite your inner fire, fuel your ambitions, and empower yourself to soar to new heights in your personal and professional journey.

Unlock your inner potential and be a beacon for influential change.

  • Become the confident and inspirational leader you strive to be
  • Connect and collaborate with like-minded leaders to excel in your industry network
  • Understand the impact of technology on the industry’s future
  • Learn impactful skills to lead high-performing and authentic teams.

SES Orientation Program

Date: 9 April – 8 May, 2024
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: One three-day session (9-11 April) and one two-day session (7-8 May)
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

Designed for newly promoted or long-term acting SES from within the APS, and newly recruited SES from outside the APS.

The SES Orientation Program enables SES to ”step up” to the higher strategic accountabilities of the role, ”step out” to take a broader systems view and engage more effectively with a diverse stakeholder group, and ”step forward” to develop more capable teams.

The program will support a new SES to take up the leadership (stewardship) and management (accountability) dimensions of their APS SES role, establishing the essential skills, partnerships and networks required for effective SES leadership.

The mindset needed to make progress on complex challenges at the SES level is promoted. The program draws on the findings of the Independent Review into the APS and recent State of the Service Reports, and reflects the leadership capabilities identified by the Secretaries Board for senior APS leaders now and in the future.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for SES Band 1-3, appointment as SES within the APS or acting in the role for less than 12 months.

Crafting Quality New Policy Proposals

Date: 9 – 10 April, 2024
Duration: Two face-to-screen sessions. One 6.5-hour session, 9:30 am – 4 pm (AEST). One 2.5-hour session, 9:30 am – noon (AEST).
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

This program is aimed at employees seeking to understand the key processes and considerations for preparing a New Policy Proposal.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for all staff.

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Using Power BI to Communicate Effectively with Data

Date: 9 – 11 April, 2024
Time: All day
Location: Online
Email: [email protected]

Increasingly in today’s business environment, we are required to understand, analyse and present data. Tools such as Excel and PowerPoint are fine when it comes to basic data presentations, but when it comes to greater data challenges, we need more serious tools.

This course is designed to introduce both business and technical audiences to the basics of Microsoft’s Power BI application. This workshop is designed to be interactive and hands-on, using a range of real-world examples supported by clear and easy-to-understand frameworks and tips and tricks that will elevate your practical skills for producing meaningful analysis of data.

Facilitator Paul Hodge is a university lecturer and data visualisation evangelist. Paul will provide expert guidance through the maze of challenges facing us when asked to analyse ever-increasing amounts of data being produced for audiences around the world.

You will be taken on an engaging journey through entertaining and informative hands-on examples, and gain insights for the real-world application for delivering compelling Power BI reports that will help answer your critical business questions.

Paul has a passion for exploring the intersection between data, design and storytelling. By elevating everyone’s potential to engage, inform and leverage design principles, he believes that we all have the ability to inspire people and share our insights in ways that can improve the world and make it a more interesting place to live.

Essential Writing for APS 5-6 Levels

Date: 9 – 10 April, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Two three-hour face-to-screen sessions
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

Essential Writing for APS 5-6 Levels is designed for APS employees who produce documents involving analysis or evidence-based argument. It is aimed at APS levels 5 and 6, but is suitable for all APS and executive levels who need to improve their analytical writing.

The program focuses on briefs and minutes (internal documents with advice and recommendations) and non-routine correspondence (letters and emails).

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for APS 5 – APS 6, and APS employees and executive levels who need to improve their analytical writing.

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