National learning and development calendars

Last updated: 04 Oct 2016

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All programs scheduled on our learning and development calendar will be held at the Centre for Leadership and Learning, Canberra.

Find the programs that are right for you:

*For more information about options for delivery, please contact one of our learning consultants.


Foundation skills

Essential workplace skills which are relevant to APS employees at all levels. These skills underpin core skills and management expertise and are essential for operating effectively in an organisation.

Foundation skills programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees^ Duration
Building relationships and engagement All levels 14    25   $595 1 day workshop
Compelling communication All levels    5-6    $1165 2 day workshop & e-learning
Improving analytical and critical reasoning All levels   20-21    15-16 $1165 2 day workshop
Structuring work APS 3-6   14 - 15   4 (recall)   $1295 2 day workshop + 1/2 day recall

Foundation skills enrichment

Further development of essential workplace skills.

Foundation skills enrichment programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees^ Duration
Developing project management expertise APS 4-6 8-9   18-19 11-12   $1165 2 day workshop
Editing and proofreading APS 4-EL 2   6   17   $595 1 day workshop
Effective time management APS 3-EL 1    11    $595 1 day workshop
Effective workplace reading All levels    10    $595 1 day workshop
Essential writing: APS 1-4 levels APS 1-4   10   22   $595 1 day workshop
Essential writing: APS 5-6 levels APS 5-6 6 14 7 12 20 $595 1 day workshop
Essential writing for executive levels EL 15   20   27 $595 1 day workshop
Grammar and punctuation APS 1-6   29    19 $595 1 day workshop
How to write high impact speeches APS 4-EL 2    27    $595 1 day workshop
Influencing, negotiation and persuasion APS 3-6 28    9 16 $595 1 day workshop
Presentation skills All levels 16     6 $595 1 day workshop
Professional representational skills APS 4-EL 2     8   $595 1 day workshop
Report writing in the APS APS 5-EL 1   1    7 $595 1 day workshop

Core skills

Public sector-specific knowledge and skills essential to all employees.

Core skills programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees^ Duration
APS decision making All levels    12    $595 1 day workshop
APS ethics and values All levels    6    $295 ½ day workshop
APS frameworks All levels    28    $595 1 day workshop & e-learning
Dealing with change All levels    13    $295 ½ day workshop & e-learning
Engaging stakeholders All levels   16-17    8-9 $1165 2 day workshop
Introduction to better practice regulation      23-24   $1165 2 day workshop & e-learning
Procurement essentials and contract management All levels   28   10 (recall)   $875 1 day workshop & ½ day recall
Regulatory practitioners and managers APS 6-EL 2      8-9 $1165 2 day
Working in teams All levels    5    $595 1 day workshop
Working with diversity All levels     26   $295 ½ day workshop & e-learning

Core skills enrichment

Further development of APS-specific knowledge and skills.

Core skills enrichment Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees^ Duration
Conflict resolution APS 3-6    3    $617 1 day workshop
Creative thinking at work   APS6-EL2   16-17    29-30 $1165 2 day workshop      
Financial skills: introduction APS 1-4   15     $595 1 day workshop
Financial skills: advanced APS 1-4     30   $595 1 day workshop
Policy formulation and advice: introduction APS 5-6 13-14 29-30   10-11   $1165 2 day workshop
Policy formulation and advice: advanced APS 5-6    27-28    $1165 2 day workshop
Strategic thinking and innovation APS 4-6 23    1   $595 1 day workshop
Strategic leadership EL 1-2   22    5 $595 1 day workshop

Management skills

Skills and knowledge needed as APS employees move to management and leadership roles.

Management skills programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees^ Duration
Appearing before parliamentary committees APS 5-EL 2    7   28 $595 1 day workshop
Briefing and responding to APS decision-makers, ministers, and parliament APS5-EL2    28    $595 1 day workshop
Building and leading high performing teams All levels 22   26    $595 1 day workshop
Coaching and developing others All levels   27-28    22-23 $1165 2 day workshop & e-Learning
Financial management and budgeting      22    
Getting the most out of diversity All levels      13 $1165 1 day workshop & e-Learning
Management in action APS 5-EL 2      26-28 TBC 3 day
Performance management All levels     8-9   $1165 2 day workshop & e-Learning
Planning and managing change All levels     1-2   $1165 2 day workshop
Producing a quality cabinet document All levels 9 23     26 23   $595 1 day workshop
Public Sector Management Program APS6-EL2        
Working with the Minister APS5-EL2   22     $295 1/2 day workshop

Management skills enrichment

Further develop of skills and knowledge for managers and leaders.

Management skills enrichment programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees^ Duration
Conflict resolution for managers EL     25-26   $1187 2 day workshop
Financial management: introduction APS 5-6    10    $595 1 day workshop
Financial management: advanced APS 5-6     19   $595 1 day workshop
Influencing, negotiation and persuasion for executive levels EL   6   4   $595 1 day workshop
Leading successful projects EL    12-13    $1165 2 day workshop
Policy implementation EL      20-21 $1165 2 day workshop

Career development and specialist programs

Skills and knowledge to help career advancement.

Career development and specialist programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees^ Duration
+ These programs are not self-nominating. Please contact your agency HR area for further details
* Venue details will be provided on registration as this program may not be held at the Learning Centre
** Not held at the APSC Learning Centre
Career Development Assessment Centre EL 2     Assessment Centre 1-3
2.5 hr individual feedback session
23* recall   4-5 days
Jawun Indigenous APS Community Secondment Program EL 2        
Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Scholarship EL 2        
How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service (APS levels) APS 1-6   3   31   $595 1 day workshop
How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service (Executive levels) APS 6-EL 23   21    $595 1 day workshop
EA/SES: A partnership in performance SES/EA   27   11   $295 1/2 day workshop
Getting that selection right All levels    3    $595 1 day workshop
Harassment Contact Officer refresher All levels     26   $595 1 day workshop
Harassment Contact Officer: training All levels   30-31     $1165 2 day workshop
Minute taking skills APS 1-6 7   21    $595 1 day workshop
Providing effective secretariat support EL 1-2   30     $595 1 day workshop
The professional Executive Assistant APS 5-EL 1   24   3   $750 1 day workshop
Winning that SES job ** EL 2    4   26 $2300 1 day workshop
Working effectively at APS 5 level APS 4-5    19    $595 1 day workshop
Working effectively at APS 6 level APS 5-6   15 20   13 $595 1 day workshop
Working effectively at EL 1 level APS 6-EL 1 8 16    14 $595 1 day workshop
Working effectively at EL 2 level EL 1-2 9     15 $595 1 day workshop

State based learning and development programs

State learning and development programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Fees Duration
APS decision making APS-EL      7 ( Bris), 22 (Mel) $595 1 day workshop
Building and leading high performing teams APS-EL     23 (Bris) 8 ( Ade) $595 1 day workshop
Building relationships and engagement APS-EL    5 (Bris) 10 (Mel) , 16 (Per), 17 (Ade)   $595 1 day workshop
Coaching and developing others EL-SES     10-11 (Bris) 20-21 (Ade) , 7-8 (Mel) $1165 2 day plus e-learning
Compelling communication APS-EL   15-16 (Bris)   3-4 (Mel)   $1165 2 day workshop plus e-learning
Dealing with change APS-EL   22 (Tra) 11 (Bris), 12 (Mel)    $295 ½ day workshop plus e-learning
Engaging stakeholders APS-EL    19-20 (Ade)   27-28 (Mel) $1165 2 day workshop
HCO refresher Trained HCO's (All levels)     18 (Per)   $595 1 day workshop
How to apply for jobs in the APS: APS level APS 1-6   30 (Bris)   2 (Ade), 24 (Mel)   $595 1 day workshop
Planning and managing change APS-EL     30-31 (Tra)   $1165 2 day workshop
Structuring work APS 3-6   28-29 (Ade)   Recall – 9 (Ade)   $1295 2 day workshop plus ½ day recall
Working in teams APS-EL     17 (Per) 15 (Bris) $595 1 day workshop

Executive level leadership programs

Skills and knowledge for leaders.

Executive level leadership programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Fees^ Duration
EL1 Leading and managing small teams EL 1      5-7    $2820 3 days
EL1 Masterclass EL 1      21-23    $2820 3 days
EL2 Leadership in practice
Program 12 
EL 2 2-3, 27- 1 Mar 20       $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL Leadership in practice
Program 13
EL 2 (including acting at this level)   27-28   1-3, 30     $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL Leadership in practice
Program 14
EL 2 (including acting at this level)     31-1 Jun   4-6 10 $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership expansion
Program 12
EL 2 (including acting at this level) 8-10 6-7, 29       $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership expansion
Program 13
EL 2 (including acting at this level)    10-12 24-25 27     
EL2 Leadership expansion
Program 14
EL 2     9-11 14-15 31    

EL Leadership connections – Crucial conversations

EL   9       $250 2 hours

Senior Executive development programs

Senior Executive development programs Target audience Feb Mar Apr May June Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Fees^ Duration
SES Leadership connections
Leadership: Bullet proof and perfectAll SES 9         $2502 hours
SES Orientation Program
Program 29 Currently transitioning SES Band 1 (with less than 12 months exp. incl. acting) 20-22 14 4 4         $3,500 4 days spanning 4 months
Program 30   14-16 27 18 23       
Program 31    5-7 16 8 19      
Program 32      5-7 20 3 8    
Program 33        28-30 20 26 24  
Program 34         19-21 25 23 8
SES Band 1 Leadership Development
Program 20 SES Band 1 (incl. acting at this level) 1-2
19-22
9-10 3-4 1-2 5-6        $10,900 8 days spanning 6 months
Program 21    6-7 14-17 29-30 12-13 31-1   23-24   
Program 22      26-27 30-2 29-30   9-10 20-21 11-12
Program 23          26-27 5-Aug 14-15
(2018 dates TBA)
SES Band 2 Leadership Development SES Band 2 (incl. acting at this level)      8-9 24 20-23   12-13 8-9 11-13
(2018 dates TBA)
$16,500 12 days spanning 6 months
SES Band 3 Leadership Development SES Band 3 (incl. acting at this level)       17-18 7 17-22    14
(2018 dates TBA)
$16,500 9.5 days over 12 Months

^  Fees are shown exclusive of GST.  Please see http://www.apsc.gov.au/learn-and-develop/find-and-register-for-a-program/terms-and-conditionsfor information on fees and GST.