2 April 2024

Upcoming Public Sector events

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

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 on the chamber environment.

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

SES Orientation Program

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

The 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 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.

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.

A dual learning pathway is offered. 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.

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 and EL2-level roles and built around the core capabilities set out by the APSC, you will gain key tools to thrive as a senior public sector leader and 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. Blending 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. Daniel 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.

EL1 & EL2 Strategic Thinking and Advanced Problem-Solving Workshop

Date: 16 – 17 April, 2024
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Cliftons Canberra
Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra
Email: [email protected]

Due to popular demand, new dates have just been released for the EL1 and EL2 Strategic Thinking and Advanced Problem-Solving Workshop.

Develop strategic thinking and advanced problem-solving abilities required of EL-banded officers.

Apply practical outcome-driven models for strategic decision-making.

Explore a systematic approach for problem analysis and strategy formulation.

Understand your role as an executive leader in empowering others to address challenges.

Overcome common roadblocks to resolve complex problems.

Speaker Sally Dooley is an engaging and experienced facilitator, speaker and executive coach. Over 20 years, Sally has worked with thousands of leaders and individuals in a wide range of leadership, team and personal development areas. She is passionate about excellent leadership and helping to shape cultures that facilitate high performance and high wellbeing for sustainable growth. Sally has a master’s in training and development, and is an international bestselling author and TEDx speaker and speaker coach.

Working Effectively at the APS 6 Level

Date: 16 – 17 April, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Duration: Two three-hour face-to-screen sessions
Location: Australia-wide
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 6 band. The program focuses on the work-level expectations and capability requirements at the APS 6 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 6 work levels and capability requirements with the APS 5 level.

Training is in a virtual environment suitable for APS 5 – APS 6.

Getting that Selection Right

Date: 16 – 17 April, 2024
Duration: Two face-to-screen sessions: one seven-hour session from 10 am – 5:30 pm; and one 30-minute session from 10 am – 10:30 am
Location: Australia-wide
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

This program helps members of selection committees conduct effective selection processes. Examine relevant legislation and principles guiding staff selection and retention. Look at the three-stage recruitment process used in the APS. Create effective selection practices that include building rapport with applicants and managing judgments and evaluations. Understand the roles of the selection panel in talking to referees, reaching a recommendation decision, writing a report and giving feedback.

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

Engaging Stakeholders

Date: 17 – 18 April, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Duration: Two face-to-screen sessions: one seven-hour session from 9 am – 4 pm; and one three-hour session from 9 am – noon
Location: Australia-wide
Email: https://apslearn.apsacademy.gov.au/user_login

This program helps to identify the benefits of working effectively with stakeholders. Understand the most appropriate stakeholders and the most appropriate form of engagement. Work through case studies and scenarios to develop the necessary analysis, planning, and engagement skills for working successfully with stakeholders.

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

Understanding Government

Date: 22 April, 2024
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Duration: One eight-hour face-to-screen session
Location: Australia-wide
Email: [email protected]

This course provides an understanding of the system of government and its operations as fundamental to working effectively in the APS. To successfully support ministers, parliamentary secretaries and the whole of government, all APS staff need to have an understanding of the role of the APS and the processes that underpin the Australian system of government and correspondingly, their roles and responsibilities within this system.

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

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