National learning and development calendars

Last updated: 04 Oct 2016

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Find the programs that are right for you:

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

For programs located outside the ACT

The APSC is committed to providing mixed agency learning workshops in state and regional areas. There are a number of programs scheduled for delivery in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Traralgon.

Please follow the links below for dates of the workshops.


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 May Jun JulAugSepOctNovDec Fees^ Duration
Building relationships and engagement APS 3-6 25   7  2  $595 1 day workshop
Compelling communication All levels      19-20   $1165 2 day workshop & e-learning
Improving analytical and critical reasoning All levels   15-16 17-18   7-8  $1165 2 day workshop
Structuring work APS 3-6    14-15 10   $1295 2 day workshop + 1/2 day recall

Foundation skills enrichment

Further development of essential workplace skills.

Foundation skills enrichment programs Target audience May Jun JulAugSepOctNovDec Fees^ Duration
Developing project management expertise APS 4-6 11-12  20-21 5-6 13-14  $1165 2 day workshop
Editing and proofreading APS 4-EL 2 17  3  31 8 $595 1 day workshop
Effective time management APS 3-EL 1 5     6   $595 1 day workshop
Effective workplace reading All levels     18    $595 1 day workshop
Essential writing: APS 1-4 levels APS 1-4 22   9 9   $595 1 day workshop
Essential writing: APS 5-6 levels APS 5-6 12 20, 26 10242623244 $595 1 day workshop
Essential writing for executive levels EL   27  28 24 5 $595 1 day workshop
Grammar and punctuation APS 1-6   19   18  6 $595 1 day workshop
How to write high impact speeches APS 4-EL 2      28   $595 1 day workshop
Influencing, negotiation and persuasion APS 3-6 9 16  21 13 4 $595 1 day workshop
Presentation skills All levels   6  14  22  $595 1 day workshop
Professional representational skills APS 4-EL 2      25   $595 1 day workshop
Report writing in the APS APS 5-EL 1   7  10  6  $595 1 day workshop

Core skills

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

Core skills programs Target audience May Jun JulAugSepOctNovDec Fees^ Duration
APS decision making All levels     11    $595 1 day workshop
APS ethics and values All levels     29    $295 ½ day workshop
APS frameworks All levels      26   $595 1 day workshop & e-learning
Dealing with change All levels      4   $295 ½ day workshop & e-learning
Engaging stakeholders All levels   8-9   11-12 15-16  $1165 2 day workshop
Introduction to better practice regulation   23-24     11-12   $1165 2 day workshop & e-learning
Procurement essentials and contract management All levels 10 (recall) 26 (recall)   21 17 (recall)  $875 1 day workshop & ½ day recall
Regulatory practitioners and managersAPS 6-EL 2      1-2  2 day
Working in teams All levels     22    $595 1 day workshop
Working with diversity All levels 26     13   $295 ½ day workshop & e-learning

Core skills enrichment

Further development of APS-specific knowledge and skills.

Core skills enrichment Target audience May Jun JulAugSepOctNovDec Fees^ Duration
Conflict resolution APS 3-6      25   $617 1 day workshop
Creative thinking at work   APS6-EL2   29-30  21-22  9-10  $1165 2 day workshop      
Financial skills: introduction APS 1-4     18    $595 1 day workshop
Financial skills: advanced APS 1-4 30     13   $595 1 day workshop
Policy formulation and advice: introduction APS 5-6 10-11  12-13  19-20 4-5 $1165 2 day workshop
Policy formulation and advice: advanced APS 5-6      30-31   $1165 2 day workshop
Strategic thinking APS 4-6 1 2 3  31   $595 1 day workshop
Strategic leadership EL 1-2   5 21   6  $595 1 day workshop

Management skills

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

Management skills programs Target audience May Jun JulAugSepOctNovDec Fees^ Duration
Appearing before parliamentary committees EL2-SES   28    30   $595 1 day workshop
Briefing and responding to APS decision-makers, ministers, and parliament APS5-EL2   6   3  $595 1 day workshop
Building and leading high performing teams All levels   11   20  $595 1 day workshop
Coaching and developing others Managers   22-23   28-29    $1165 2 day workshop & e-learning
Financial management and budgeting   22     9    1 day workshop
Getting the most out of diversity All levels   13    3   $595 1 day workshop & e-learning
Management in action APS 5-EL 2   26-28   26-28    TBC 3 day workshop
Performance management All levels 8-9     16-17   $1165 2 day workshop & e-learning
Planning and managing change All levels      11-12   $1165 2 day workshop
Producing a quality cabinet document All levels 23   22 26 6 $595 1 day workshop
Public Sector Management Program APS6-EL2           
Working with the minister APS5-EL2      17   $295 1/2 day workshop

Management skills enrichment

Further development of skills and knowledge required of APS managers and leaders.

Management skills enrichment programs Target audience May Jun JulAugSepOctNovDec Fees^ Duration
Conflict resolution for managers EL 25-26     19-20   $1187 2 day workshop
Financial management: introduction APS 5-6     12    $595 1 day workshop
Financial management: advanced APS 5-6 19      13  $595 1 day workshop
Influencing, negotiation and persuasion for executive levels EL 4  10  27   $595 1 day workshop
Leading successful projects EL       7-8  $1165 2 day workshop
Policy implementation EL   20-21     9-10  $1165 2 day workshop

Career development and specialist programs

Skills and knowledge to help career advancement.

Career development and specialist programs Target audience May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct NovDec 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 - Program 168 EL 2    Assessment Centre: 24-26
Feedback session: 27-28
  Recall day: 1     $11750 4.5 days over 2 months
Career Development Assessment Centre - Program 169 EL 2     Assessment Centre: 24-26
Feedback session: 27-28
Recall day: 11     $11750 4.5 days over 2 months
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 31  14   27  5 $595 1 day workshop
How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service (Executive levels) APS 6-EL     19  21  $595 1 day workshop
EA/SES: A partnership in performance SES/EA 11 7    23  $295 1/2 day workshop
Getting that selection right All levels      24    $595 1 day workshop
Harassment Contact Officer refresher All levels 26     3    $595 1 day workshop
Harassment Contact Officer: training All levels     26-27     $1165 2 day workshop
Minute taking skills APS 1-6   19    3  $595 1 day workshop
Providing effective secretariat support EL 1-2   3  23     $595 1 day workshop
The professional executive assistant APS 5-EL 1 3  14   20  $750 1 day workshop
Winning that SES job ** EL 2   27   21     $2300 1 day workshop
Working effectively at APS 5 level APS 4-5     13  21  $595 1 day workshop
Working effectively at APS 6 level APS 5-6   13  30 14  22  $595 1 day workshop
Working effectively at EL 1 level APS 6-EL 1   14  31 27  28  $595 1 day workshop
Working effectively at EL 2 level EL 1-2   15   28  29  $595 1 day workshop

Leadership short courses

Leadership practice for executives in the APS

Leadership short courses Target audience Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Fees^ Duration
The art and skill of collaboration EL 2-SES   15-17        $2820 3 days
Leadership for Innovation EL2-SES      1-3     $2820 3 days
Working with Difference EL2-SES       TBA    $2820 3 days
Building Organisational Culture EL2–SES         20-22 $2820 3 days

SES management short courses

Strengthens critical management skills required of executives in the APS.

ProgramTarget audience Apr May Jun Jul Aug SepOctNovDecFees^Duration
Strategic planning SES   4-5     $1,165 2 days
Planning & managing changeSES      4-5  $1,165 2 days
Building capacity through coachingSES        14-15$1,165 2 days
Appearing before Parliamentary CommitteesEL2 - SES7 28      $5951 Day
EA & SES: A partnership in performanceSES/EA's 11       $2951 Day
Producing a quality Cabinet documentAll Levels2623       $5951 Day

Executive level leadership programs

Skills and knowledge for leaders.

Executive level leadership programs Target audience Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep 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 13
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)   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 in Practice
Program 15
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)    20-21 31 July-2 Aug 7 $5000 6 days over 3 months

EL2 Leadership in Practice
Program 16

EL 2 (Including acting at this level)     11-12 14-16 15 $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership in Practice
Brisbane
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)   11-12 21-23   3   $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership in Practice
Melbourne
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)   29-30 19-21 27    $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership in Practice
Sydney
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)    13-14 17-19 28   $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership Expansion
Program 12
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)        $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership Expansion
Program 13
EL 2 (Including acting at this level) 10-12 24-25 27     $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership Expansion
Program 14
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)   9-11 14-15 31    $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership Expansion
Program 15
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)    19-21 17-18 25   $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership Expansion
Program 16
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)     26-28 17 11 $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership Expansion
Melbourne
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)   24-26 14-15 13    $5000 6 days over 3 months
EL2 Leadership Expansion
Sydney
EL 2 (Including acting at this level)    7-9 27-28 25   $5000 6 days over 3 months
Women in leadership EL1-2 (including acting at this level)   22-24 10-11 17-18    $5000 8 days over 6 months

Senior Executive leadership programs

Senior Executive development programs Target audience Apr May June Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Fees^ Duration
SES Leadership connections
SES Orientation Program
Program 31 Currently transitioning SES Band 1 (with less than 12 months exp. incl. acting) 5-7 16 8 19       $3,500 4 days spanning 4 months
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 21 SES Band 1 (incl. acting at this level) 6-7 14-17 29-30 12-13 31-1   23-24    $10,900 8 days spanning 6 months
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.