26 March 2024

Upcoming Public Sector events

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Keen to upgrade your skills to further your public sector career? Check out these upcoming events to see what suits your goals. Photo: Supplied.

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 for 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. The 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, which will elevate your practical skills for producing meaningful analysis of today’s data.

Facilitator Paul Hodge 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 is a university lecturer and data visualisation evangelist. He has a passion for exploring the intersection between data, design and storytelling. By elevating everyone’s potential to engage, inform and leverage design principles, Paul 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 in.

8th SA Women in Leadership Summit

Date: 8 – 12 April, 2024
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Rydges Adelaide
1 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA
Email: [email protected]

The 8th SA Women in Leadership Summit will leave you with an actionable plan to hit the ground running when you return to work.

The future of work is here, and it’s time to lead the conversation. The panel discussion features thought leaders from diverse sectors, ready to share their insights on creating a resilient and innovative workplace.

Set goals, plan actions, and be inspired to achieve greatness.

  • Build your community of female leaders with the best that SA has to offer
  • Harness your unique selling point and take the next step in your career
  • Lead progressively and keep South Australia at the forefront of women’s leadership
  • Stay ahead of trends and harness disruptive innovation.

QLD Public Sector Essential Skills Workshop

Date: 9 – 10 April, 2024
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Cliftons Brisbane
24/288 Edward St, Brisbane City, QLD
Email: [email protected]

Calling all AO 3-4 professionals. Are you ready to take your career to new heights? Don’t miss this transformative chance to unlock your true potential and excel in your role with our exclusive Queensland Public Sector Essential Skills Workshop.

You will learn essential strategies to communicate effectively, enhance productivity, navigate challenges with confidence, and to make well-informed decisions for a successful and fulfilling career.

Here’s what you’ll be able to do as a result of this workshop:

  • Enhance your professional competence to achieve results
  • Learn practical tools to communicate with impact and influence
  • Effective change management principles to support strategic direction
  • Career planning and pathways in the Queensland public sector.

Speaker Miriam Henke is an experienced executive coach and registered psychologist with the ability to have a significant positive impact on people and results. She achieves this by bringing more depth and focus on particular challenges and collaborating with her clients on strategic solutions and personal growth.

In her consulting role, Miriam supports individuals, teams and organisations with bespoke coaching and training programs, particularly incorporating positive psychology and neuro-linguistic programming tools. With a special interest in mind-body medicine, Miriam is also the creator of The Mainspring Method.

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
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.

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 5-6, 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.

SES Orientation Program

Date: 9 April – 8 May, 2024
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: One three-day session (09/04 to 11/04) and one two-day session (07/05 to 08/05)
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

This program is designed for newly promoted or long-term acting SES from within the APS, and newly recruited SES from outside the APS.

It 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 role, establishing the essential skills, partnerships and networks required for effective 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.

Change Management Practitioner Program

Date: 10 April – 23 October, 2024
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Duration: Eight three-hour, face-to-screen sessions.
Location: Australia-wide
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

The Change Management Practitioner Program is designed to offer extension learning to participants who have completed the Change Management Foundation Program, or equivalent learning through either formal training or work experience.

The program does not consider foundational change models or approaches, but rather addresses a number of contemporary change concepts relevant to enabling successful and sustained change outcomes and return on investment.

It offers a dual learning pathway. Participants who would like to build their personal change capabilities are invited to elect a change initiative that they will deliver/support for their agency – alongside the program delivery.

These participants will receive monthly coaching sessions (eight months) offering guidance and support in analysing, designing and delivering the change as well as consolidating their personal change learnings. Alternatively, participants may elect to simply participate in the program sessions – noting that these participants will not have access to change coaching.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for APS 6 – SES Band 1.

APS Unlocked

Date: 11 April, 2024
Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Duration: One 90-minute, face-to-screen session
Location: Australia-wide
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

APS Unlocked brings together new and returning members of the APS to engage with experienced APS leaders and practitioners, who will share essential information and tips for a successful and productive career in the APS.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and build their APS network to ensure they gain the knowledge, confidence and capability needed in the early days of their APS career.

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

How the House Works

Date: 11 April, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Location: Parliament House, Canberra, and via webinar
Email: [email protected]

”How the House Works” is a half-day seminar to be delivered by senior officers from the Department of the House of Representatives. It is designed for public servants and others who wish to know more about how Parliament House works, including the role of the House and its members, the legislative process, and the work of House and joint committees.

Do you know how your House works? Learn about Australia’s Parliament, how to follow legislation through the House or contribute to the committee process.

The House of Representatives is where governments are formed and where most proposed Commonwealth laws are introduced. At the close of proceedings (about 12:30 pm), in-person attendees will have the opportunity to attend the gallery in the House Chamber for a Q&A in relation to the chamber environment.

The seminar will also be offered on two other occasions in 2024: 24 July and 23 October.

EL1 – EL2 Leadership, Capability & Professional Excellence

Date: 15 – 16 April, 2024
Time: All day
Location: Canberra, ACT
Email: [email protected]

Optimise your leadership for more senior and complex executive roles.

Practical, engaging and hands-on, this comprehensive masterclass will optimise your professional performance and prepare you for the next stage of your career.

Specifically designed for EL1 & EL2-level roles and built around the core capabilities set out by the APSC, it will give you the key tools to thrive as a senior public sector leader and to tackle your career with drive and resilience.

A proverbial ”one-stop shop” for professional and leadership development, this program has been thoughtfully designed to optimise your learning experience around your work week. You will leave feeling inspired, re-energised and confident about your leadership and the path ahead.

Key benefits

  • Work effectively, efficiently and strategically at the EL1-EL2 level
  • Define your leadership values and commitments to build trust and confidence
  • Build your team’s capabilities and improve performance through culture and support
  • Learn how to develop and drive diverse teams to unlock innovation
  • Develop the skills to communicate with conviction and foster team commitment
  • Learn how to give feedback that provides clarity, motivation and action.

Facilitator Daniel Murray is Australia’s leading expert on strategic empathy. Daniel blends the worlds of business strategy, leadership and emotional intelligence to support business and community leaders to drive high performance by creating more motivated and empowered teams.

He shows business leaders how to foster organisational understanding, build deep trusted relationships and create a culture of commitment through mastery of empathy as a capability.

Organisational Change Management for the Public Sector Masterclass

Date: 16 April, 2024
Time: 8 am – 6 pm
Location: 24/288 Edward St, Brisbane City, QLD
Organiser: Crown Leadership International Group
Telephone: +61 2 9042 1717

Join an exciting in-person event on organisational change management in the public sector. This masterclass will provide valuable insights and strategies to navigate the complexities of change within government organisations. Whether you’re a manager, executive or simply interested in this field, this event is a must-attend!

Discover effective change management techniques, learn from industry experts, and network with like-minded professionals. Gain practical knowledge and skills to successfully lead and implement change initiatives in the public sector.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your expertise and make a positive impact in your organisation.

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