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Course and Event Calendar

Professional Development

IPAA Victoria runs a variety of professional development courses and special events that provide opportunities to learn, be inspired and network with your peers across the wider public sector.

Course and Event Calendar

Should We Stop Talking About the Future of Work?
Aug
21
10:00 AM10:00

Should We Stop Talking About the Future of Work?

We know the world of work is changing, but we don’t always know how. We know that technology will create opportunities for working differently we cannot even imagine. However, there is much we do know and the public service is lagging behind industry and citizens in capitalising on global megatrends in harnessing the power of digital.

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Is Merit in the Public Sector a Myth?
Aug
21
3:30 PM15:30

Is Merit in the Public Sector a Myth?

This session explores two big issues (1) the practice of appointment on merit and how this socially constructed concept is increasingly recognised as flawed; how do we rethink the idea of what constitutes ‘merit’ in the public sector; and (2) within the frame of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying, how do we tackle structural, systemic and cultural barriers as a sector.

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What Does it Take For Young Professionals to Succeed in the Public Sector?
Aug
22
7:30 AM07:30

What Does it Take For Young Professionals to Succeed in the Public Sector?

This is no ordinary breakfast. Join YIPAA for a morning of thought-provoking ideas and inspiration, as we discuss the necessary attributes and skills required for a young professional to succeed in the sector. Now is the chance to hear from those who have made it, learn from their mistakes, and grow from their insight.

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Why Does the Community Trust the Public Sector?
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Why Does the Community Trust the Public Sector?

Reputational surveys tell us that trust in the public sector as an institution is higher than trust in government, at any level.  We explore the reason behind this level of trust from practitioners, academics and advertising agencies; the importance of building a culture of integrity; and the detrimental effect that a lack of trust in government could have on public servants and the community.

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Who is coming to our 90th Anniversary Celebration ?
Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Who is coming to our 90th Anniversary Celebration ?

As IPAA Victoria celebrates its 90th Anniversary, we are proud to be the only organisation in Victoria that brings together people from local and state governments, the Australian Public Service based in Victoria and statutory authorities as well as universities, private sector and not-for-profit organisations.

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What Does a High-Performing Leader Look Like in 2030?
Aug
23
9:00 AM09:00

What Does a High-Performing Leader Look Like in 2030?

Better leaders build a better public sector; but what does a ‘better’ leader look like in an ever-changing public sector? Come and explore the theories, data and ‘light-bulb moments’ behind leadership in the public sector, its distinctly related qualities, and the qualities that a high-performing leader in 2030 will need to ensure success and better outcomes for the Victorian community.

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Can the Public Sector Truly Collaborate and Be Innovative?
Aug
23
1:30 PM13:30

Can the Public Sector Truly Collaborate and Be Innovative?

Some say the public sector does collaborate, some say it can’t or won’t. The same has been said about innovation. Where does the reality sit? We know people who work in the public sector work hard to make a difference to the community. This session will explore the collaborative processes that the public sector has in place when exploring new ideas to help streamline ways of working and to better deliver outcomes to the community across Victoria.

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Public Sector Writing
Aug
27
9:30 AM09:30

Public Sector Writing

FILLING FAST - REGISTER TODAY! Whether you’re new to the public sector or have worked in government for some time, this course is for those who need to develop and fine tune their writing to adapt to the public sector environment. If you want to improve the clarity and impact of your government writing through appropriate structure, style and voice, this workshop will be of benefit to you.

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Advanced Presentation Skills
Aug
28
9:15 AM09:15

Advanced Presentation Skills

REGISTER TODAY! This IPAA Victoria course is designed for regular presenters in the public sector – and particularly those who present with PowerPoint. It aims to help individuals build confidence with their public speaking and presentation skills, and to gain a measurable and immediate improvement in their delivery style.

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Project Management
Aug
29
9:30 AM09:30

Project Management

FILLING FAST - REGISTER TODAY! IPAA Victoria’s popular Project management course is designed for any public sector employee who is responsible for designing, managing or reporting on projects or programs, as well as grant managers, contract managers, and members of governance bodies. The course provides a refresher on the core practices and terminology of project management, as well as tools and an overarching framework for project management, monitoring, risk assessment, and engagement with sponsors and stakeholders.

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How Modern Government Works
Aug
30
9:30 AM09:30

How Modern Government Works

FILLING FAST - REGISTER TODAY! This full-day course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and perspective to work more effectively in government. It holds something of relevance for employees at all levels of the public sector – and has been successfully delivered to people in their first days in government, through to Deputy Secretaries and Executive Directors.

View Event →
Stakeholder Engagement
Sep
3
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

REGISTER TODAY! Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

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Building The Business Case
Sep
3
9:30 AM09:30

Building The Business Case

The Department of Treasury and Finance and IPAA Victoria proudly present the annual seminar, ’Building the Business Case’ now in its 10th year. This popular and interactive event illustrates key principles for best practice business case development using real-world case studies.

This event will providing an overview of business case fundamentals from Senior Department of Treasury and Finance advisors including defining problems and benefits, considering options and developing a robust solution, and constructing a road map for successful investment delivery. Learn the essentials of a successful business case that cuts through, convinces and delivers.   

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Making Difficult Conversations Work
Sep
5
9:30 AM09:30

Making Difficult Conversations Work

REGISTER TODAY! This half-day workshop delivers a series of vital ‘life lessons’ on managing and negotiating challenging conversations, which are equally applicable to executives and senior managers as to junior staff who might encounter discordant or contradictory viewpoints in their work. The common nature of these lessons mean they can also be used to help managers develop coaching skills and better influence their employees on behavioural challenges in the workplace.

View Event →
Procurement
Sep
10
9:30 AM09:30

Procurement

REGISTER TODAY! IPAA Victoria’s Procurement course is aimed at most levels of policy or project management staff (VPS 3-6) who may be responsible for procuring or supporting all or part of goods or services contracts within the public sector. Participants may be from central procurement teams or from policy, program and service functions which undertake procurement activities.

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Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
Sep
18
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

REGISTER TODAY! Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

View Event →
Improve your Decision-making
Sep
19
9:30 AM09:30

Improve your Decision-making

REGISTER TODAY! This course is designed to provide you with knowledge, skills and tools to make better decisions. As the environment in which public and private sector organisations operate becomes more competitive, complex and uncertain, the need for individuals and organisations to make good decisions is more important than ever.

View Event →
Analysing and Presenting Data
Oct
8
9:30 AM09:30

Analysing and Presenting Data

In this practical full-day workshop, seasoned financial strategist Mark Priadko examines the different purposes and types of data analyses, and presents various time-tested methods for presenting results to specific government audiences. Participants will be introduced to a range of analytical techniques that can help them make the most of the data available to them – and reduce the time and cost of applying their data in the development of evidence-based policy.

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Strategic Thinking
Oct
15
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

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Reviewing and Proofreading
Oct
23
9:30 AM09:30

Reviewing and Proofreading

Few people can write high quality documents without at least some polishing before the final version is ready. Effective proofreading and editing ensures documents are written with accuracy and clarity and create a powerful and positive impact. This half-day course will give you a strategic method of reviewing and a systematic approach to proofreading based on the guidelines in the Australian Government’s Style Manual.

View Event →
Project Management
Oct
24
9:30 AM09:30

Project Management

IPAA Victoria’s popular Project management course is designed for any public sector employee who is responsible for designing, managing or reporting on projects or programs, as well as grant managers, contract managers, and members of governance bodies. The course provides a refresher on the core practices and terminology of project management, as well as tools and an overarching framework for project management, monitoring, risk assessment, and engagement with sponsors and stakeholders.

View Event →
Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
Oct
29
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

View Event →
Speech Writing
Oct
30
1:30 PM13:30

Speech Writing

Drawing on two decades of experience in ministerial offices and government departments, Dennis Glover delivers a masterclass on the qualities and rich potential of a great public speech. As one of Australia’s most accomplished public sector speechwriters, Dennis will help you research, write and deliver a speech that is at once authoritative, informative, persuasive and compelling.

View Event →
Stakeholder Engagement
Oct
31
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

View Event →
Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals
Nov
1
9:30 AM09:30

Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals

FINAL PLACES! This new IPAA Victoria workshop is ideal for anyone in the public sector who is required to contribute to reports, submissions or proposals designed to help others make decisions. Participants who are in the process of drafting reports or business cases can also bring their drafts along to be dissected and discussed.

View Event →
Presenting with Confidence
Nov
7
9:30 AM09:30

Presenting with Confidence

This course focuses on the skills required to present in a variety of public sector environments, where your audience may be colleagues, managers, committee members, or even ministers. The course is designed to be broad-based and assist participants at all levels to gain immediate and measurable improvements in their delivery styles.

View Event →
Strategic Thinking
Nov
13
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

View Event →
Strategic Planning
Nov
14
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning

This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group..

View Event →
Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
Nov
20
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

View Event →
Improve your Decision-making
Nov
26
9:30 AM09:30

Improve your Decision-making

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge, skills and tools to make better decisions. As the environment in which public and private sector organisations operate becomes more competitive, complex and uncertain, the need for individuals and organisations to make good decisions is more important than ever.

View Event →
Public Sector Writing
Nov
28
9:30 AM09:30

Public Sector Writing

Whether you’re new to the public sector or have worked in government for some time, this course is for those who need to develop and fine tune their writing to adapt to the public sector environment. If you want to improve the clarity and impact of your government writing through appropriate structure, style and voice, this workshop will be of benefit to you.

View Event →
Grammar and Punctuation
Dec
3
9:30 AM09:30

Grammar and Punctuation

In an era of perfunctory posts and real-time online commentary, grammar and punctuation are often sacrificed in the pursuit of the quick-witted one-liner. But for many government reports and project proposals, good grammar and punctuation hold the keys to a successful document – and having employees who value the conventions of contemporary grammar can be a priceless commodity.

View Event →
How Modern Government Works
Dec
4
9:30 AM09:30

How Modern Government Works

This full-day course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and perspective to work more effectively in government. It holds something of relevance for employees at all levels of the public sector – and has been successfully delivered to people in their first days in government, through to Deputy Secretaries and Executive Directors.

View Event →
Project Management
Feb
6
9:30 AM09:30

Project Management

IPAA Victoria’s popular Project management course is designed for any public sector employee who is responsible for designing, managing or reporting on projects or programs, as well as grant managers, contract managers, and members of governance bodies. The course provides a refresher on the core practices and terminology of project management, as well as tools and an overarching framework for project management, monitoring, risk assessment, and engagement with sponsors and stakeholders.

View Event →
Presenting with Confidence
Feb
12
9:30 AM09:30

Presenting with Confidence

This course focuses on the skills required to present in a variety of public sector environments, where your audience may be colleagues, managers, committee members, or even ministers. The course is designed to be broad-based and assist participants at all levels to gain immediate and measurable improvements in their delivery styles.

View Event →
Public Sector Writing
Feb
13
9:30 AM09:30

Public Sector Writing

Whether you’re new to the public sector or have worked in government for some time, this course is for those who need to develop and fine tune their writing to adapt to the public sector environment. If you want to improve the clarity and impact of your government writing through appropriate structure, style and voice, this workshop will be of benefit to you.

View Event →
Strategic Thinking
Feb
14
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

View Event →
Analysing and Presenting Data
Feb
19
9:30 AM09:30

Analysing and Presenting Data

In this practical full-day workshop, seasoned financial strategist Mark Priadko examines the different purposes and types of data analyses, and presents various time-tested methods for presenting results to specific government audiences. Participants will be introduced to a range of analytical techniques that can help them make the most of the data available to them – and reduce the time and cost of applying their data in the development of evidence-based policy.

View Event →
Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals
Feb
21
9:30 AM09:30

Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals

FINAL PLACES! This new IPAA Victoria workshop is ideal for anyone in the public sector who is required to contribute to reports, submissions or proposals designed to help others make decisions. Participants who are in the process of drafting reports or business cases can also bring their drafts along to be dissected and discussed.

View Event →
Stakeholder Engagement
Feb
25
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

View Event →
Grammar and Punctuation
Feb
26
9:30 AM09:30

Grammar and Punctuation

In an era of perfunctory posts and real-time online commentary, grammar and punctuation are often sacrificed in the pursuit of the quick-witted one-liner. But for many government reports and project proposals, good grammar and punctuation hold the keys to a successful document – and having employees who value the conventions of contemporary grammar can be a priceless commodity.

View Event →
Reviewing and Proofreading
Feb
26
1:30 PM13:30

Reviewing and Proofreading

Few people can write high quality documents without at least some polishing before the final version is ready. Effective proofreading and editing ensures documents are written with accuracy and clarity and create a powerful and positive impact. This half-day course will give you a strategic method of reviewing and a systematic approach to proofreading based on the guidelines in the Australian Government’s Style Manual.

View Event →
Speech Writing
Feb
27
1:30 PM13:30

Speech Writing

Drawing on two decades of experience in ministerial offices and government departments, Dennis Glover delivers a masterclass on the qualities and rich potential of a great public speech. As one of Australia’s most accomplished public sector speechwriters, Dennis will help you research, write and deliver a speech that is at once authoritative, informative, persuasive and compelling.

View Event →
Making Difficult Conversations Work
Mar
11
9:30 AM09:30

Making Difficult Conversations Work

This half-day workshop delivers a series of vital ‘life lessons’ on managing and negotiating challenging conversations, which are equally applicable to executives and senior managers as to junior staff who might encounter discordant or contradictory viewpoints in their work. The common nature of these lessons mean they can also be used to help managers develop coaching skills and better influence their employees on behavioural challenges in the workplace.

View Event →
Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
Mar
17
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

View Event →
Strategic Thinking
Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

View Event →
Strategic Planning
Mar
25
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning

This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group..

View Event →
Reviewing and Proofreading
Mar
26
9:30 AM09:30

Reviewing and Proofreading

Few people can write high quality documents without at least some polishing before the final version is ready. Effective proofreading and editing ensures documents are written with accuracy and clarity and create a powerful and positive impact. This half-day course will give you a strategic method of reviewing and a systematic approach to proofreading based on the guidelines in the Australian Government’s Style Manual.

View Event →
Stakeholder Engagement
Mar
27
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

View Event →
Strategic Thinking
Apr
16
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

View Event →
Presenting with Confidence
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Presenting with Confidence

This course focuses on the skills required to present in a variety of public sector environments, where your audience may be colleagues, managers, committee members, or even ministers. The course is designed to be broad-based and assist participants at all levels to gain immediate and measurable improvements in their delivery styles.

View Event →
Project Management
Apr
22
9:30 AM09:30

Project Management

IPAA Victoria’s popular Project management course is designed for any public sector employee who is responsible for designing, managing or reporting on projects or programs, as well as grant managers, contract managers, and members of governance bodies. The course provides a refresher on the core practices and terminology of project management, as well as tools and an overarching framework for project management, monitoring, risk assessment, and engagement with sponsors and stakeholders.

View Event →
Stakeholder Engagement
Apr
23
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

View Event →
Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

View Event →
Grammar and Punctuation
Apr
29
9:30 AM09:30

Grammar and Punctuation

In an era of perfunctory posts and real-time online commentary, grammar and punctuation are often sacrificed in the pursuit of the quick-witted one-liner. But for many government reports and project proposals, good grammar and punctuation hold the keys to a successful document – and having employees who value the conventions of contemporary grammar can be a priceless commodity.

View Event →
Reviewing and Proofreading
Apr
29
1:30 PM13:30

Reviewing and Proofreading

Few people can write high quality documents without at least some polishing before the final version is ready. Effective proofreading and editing ensures documents are written with accuracy and clarity and create a powerful and positive impact. This half-day course will give you a strategic method of reviewing and a systematic approach to proofreading based on the guidelines in the Australian Government’s Style Manual.

View Event →
Procurement
May
7
9:30 AM09:30

Procurement

IPAA Victoria’s Procurement course is aimed at most levels of policy or project management staff (VPS 3-6) who may be responsible for procuring or supporting all or part of goods or services contracts within the public sector. Participants may be from central procurement teams or from policy, program and service functions which undertake procurement activities.

View Event →
Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
May
12
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

View Event →
Improve your Decision-making
May
14
9:30 AM09:30

Improve your Decision-making

This course is designed to provide you with knowledge, skills and tools to make better decisions. As the environment in which public and private sector organisations operate becomes more competitive, complex and uncertain, the need for individuals and organisations to make good decisions is more important than ever.

View Event →
Strategic Thinking
May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

View Event →
Strategic Planning
May
20
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning

This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group..

View Event →
Public Sector Writing
May
21
9:30 AM09:30

Public Sector Writing

Whether you’re new to the public sector or have worked in government for some time, this course is for those who need to develop and fine tune their writing to adapt to the public sector environment. If you want to improve the clarity and impact of your government writing through appropriate structure, style and voice, this workshop will be of benefit to you.

View Event →
Stakeholder Engagement
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

View Event →
Speech Writing
May
28
1:30 PM13:30

Speech Writing

Drawing on two decades of experience in ministerial offices and government departments, Dennis Glover delivers a masterclass on the qualities and rich potential of a great public speech. As one of Australia’s most accomplished public sector speechwriters, Dennis will help you research, write and deliver a speech that is at once authoritative, informative, persuasive and compelling.

View Event →
Analysing and Presenting Data
Jun
2
9:30 AM09:30

Analysing and Presenting Data

In this practical full-day workshop, seasoned financial strategist Mark Priadko examines the different purposes and types of data analyses, and presents various time-tested methods for presenting results to specific government audiences. Participants will be introduced to a range of analytical techniques that can help them make the most of the data available to them – and reduce the time and cost of applying their data in the development of evidence-based policy.

View Event →
Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals
Jun
4
9:30 AM09:30

Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals

FINAL PLACES! This new IPAA Victoria workshop is ideal for anyone in the public sector who is required to contribute to reports, submissions or proposals designed to help others make decisions. Participants who are in the process of drafting reports or business cases can also bring their drafts along to be dissected and discussed.

View Event →
Strategic Thinking
Jun
16
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

View Event →
Strategic Planning
Jun
17
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning

This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group..

View Event →
Grammar and Punctuation
Jun
18
9:30 AM09:30

Grammar and Punctuation

In an era of perfunctory posts and real-time online commentary, grammar and punctuation are often sacrificed in the pursuit of the quick-witted one-liner. But for many government reports and project proposals, good grammar and punctuation hold the keys to a successful document – and having employees who value the conventions of contemporary grammar can be a priceless commodity.

View Event →
Reviewing and Proofreading
Jun
18
1:30 PM13:30

Reviewing and Proofreading

Few people can write high quality documents without at least some polishing before the final version is ready. Effective proofreading and editing ensures documents are written with accuracy and clarity and create a powerful and positive impact. This half-day course will give you a strategic method of reviewing and a systematic approach to proofreading based on the guidelines in the Australian Government’s Style Manual.

View Event →
Project Management
Jun
23
9:30 AM09:30

Project Management

IPAA Victoria’s popular Project management course is designed for any public sector employee who is responsible for designing, managing or reporting on projects or programs, as well as grant managers, contract managers, and members of governance bodies. The course provides a refresher on the core practices and terminology of project management, as well as tools and an overarching framework for project management, monitoring, risk assessment, and engagement with sponsors and stakeholders.

View Event →
Presenting with Confidence
Jun
24
9:30 AM09:30

Presenting with Confidence

This course focuses on the skills required to present in a variety of public sector environments, where your audience may be colleagues, managers, committee members, or even ministers. The course is designed to be broad-based and assist participants at all levels to gain immediate and measurable improvements in their delivery styles.

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How Modern Government Works
Jun
25
9:30 AM09:30

How Modern Government Works

This full-day course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and perspective to work more effectively in government. It holds something of relevance for employees at all levels of the public sector – and has been successfully delivered to people in their first days in government, through to Deputy Secretaries and Executive Directors.

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Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
Jun
26
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

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How can we Navigate Transformation and Disruption in the Public Sector?
Aug
21
7:30 AM07:30

How can we Navigate Transformation and Disruption in the Public Sector?

Governments and the public sector are confronting a world of unprecedented disruption.  In Victoria there are the infrastructure and other pressures from a booming population growth, rising expectations from citizens, increasing expectations of greater efficiencies across the public sector, the NDIS rollout, policy reform in response to numerous royal commissions, social procurement, and more. 

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Why Should The Public Sector Care About Sustainable Development?
Aug
20
12:30 PM12:30

Why Should The Public Sector Care About Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development has long been a concept that remains misunderstood and pigeon-holed as an environmental issue. It’s time to re-invigorate the conversation about sustainable development, what it is, and why it needs to be viewed holistically as a concept that integrates environmental, social and economic issues and outcomes. Can sustainable development really be achieved by the public sector in Victoria?

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Is Community Engagement a Waste of Time?
Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

Is Community Engagement a Waste of Time?

Community engagement is often controversial in terms of its ability to shape major funding, service delivery, and impact long-term planning decisions. In some instances, community engagement is successful. In others, it has failed to achieve what is best for the public interest. So, just how do we determine when community engagement should be practiced, and to what extent should the community’s voice influence the role of the decision maker?

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Has Australia Lost its Success Mojo?
Aug
19
1:30 PM13:30

Has Australia Lost its Success Mojo?

Be inspired by an interactive session curated by the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).  Incorporating learnings from a new ANU Press book, Successful Public Policy: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand, the session will interrogate why our society seems fixated on public policy failures instead of celebrating and learning from success, and whether we still have the courage and imagination of our predecessors.

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How Can the Public Sector Support Aboriginal Self-determination?
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

How Can the Public Sector Support Aboriginal Self-determination?

Exploring what does Aboriginal self-determination really mean and how the public sector can best support self-determination to empower Aboriginal communities, to create a new relationship between government and the Aboriginal community and achieve long-term generational change and improved outcomes.

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Presenting with Confidence
Aug
8
9:30 AM09:30

Presenting with Confidence

REGISTER TODAY! This course focuses on the skills required to present in a variety of public sector environments, where your audience may be colleagues, managers, committee members, or even ministers. The course is designed to be broad-based and assist participants at all levels to gain immediate and measurable improvements in their delivery styles.

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Strategic Planning
Aug
7
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning

REGISTER TODAY! This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group..

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Strategic Thinking
Aug
6
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

REGISTER TODAY! IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

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Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
Aug
1
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

SOLD OUT. Writing a clear and persuasive brief or memorandum for a senior executive can be one of the most daunting tasks facing a policy advisor or communications officer. In this highly acclaimed half-day course, presenter Anne McCaig scales one of the steepest learning curves in public sector communications with a set of practical tools to convey messages eloquently and concisely – and help ministers and executives cut to the chase of an argument.

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Reviewing and Proofreading
Jul
31
1:30 PM13:30

Reviewing and Proofreading

REGISTER TODAY! Few people can write high quality documents without at least some polishing before the final version is ready. Effective proofreading and editing ensures documents are written with accuracy and clarity and create a powerful and positive impact. This half-day course will give you a strategic method of reviewing and a systematic approach to proofreading based on the guidelines in the Australian Government’s Style Manual.

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Grammar and Punctuation
Jul
31
9:30 AM09:30

Grammar and Punctuation

FILLING FAST - REGISTER TODAY! In an era of perfunctory posts and real-time online commentary, grammar and punctuation are often sacrificed in the pursuit of the quick-witted one-liner. But for many government reports and project proposals, good grammar and punctuation hold the keys to a successful document – and having employees who value the conventions of contemporary grammar can be a priceless commodity.

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Analysing and Presenting Data
Jul
17
9:30 AM09:30

Analysing and Presenting Data

In this practical full-day workshop, seasoned financial strategist Mark Priadko examines the different purposes and types of data analyses, and presents various time-tested methods for presenting results to specific government audiences. Participants will be introduced to a range of analytical techniques that can help them make the most of the data available to them – and reduce the time and cost of applying their data in the development of evidence-based policy.

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Analysing and Presenting Data
Jul
16
9:30 AM09:30

Analysing and Presenting Data

SOLD OUT. In this practical full-day workshop, seasoned financial strategist Mark Priadko examines the different purposes and types of data analyses, and presents various time-tested methods for presenting results to specific government audiences. Participants will be introduced to a range of analytical techniques that can help them make the most of the data available to them – and reduce the time and cost of applying their data in the development of evidence-based policy.

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Stakeholder Engagement
Jul
11
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

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Strategic Planning
Jul
10
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning

This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group..

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Public Sector Writing
Jun
27
9:30 AM09:30

Public Sector Writing

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST OPEN! Whether you’re new to the public sector or have worked in government for some time, this course is for those who need to develop and fine tune their writing to adapt to the public sector environment. If you want to improve the clarity and impact of your government writing through appropriate structure, style and voice, this workshop will be of benefit to you.

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Grammar and Punctuation
Jun
26
9:30 AM09:30

Grammar and Punctuation

FINAL PLACES! In an era of perfunctory posts and real-time online commentary, grammar and punctuation are often sacrificed in the pursuit of the quick-witted one-liner. But for many government reports and project proposals, good grammar and punctuation hold the keys to a successful document – and having employees who value the conventions of contemporary grammar can be a priceless commodity.

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Strategic Planning
Jun
25
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST OPEN! This hands-on half-day workshop guides participants through a step-by-step framework for strategic planning, which is specifically geared to solving complex problems in the public sector. Renowned facilitator Dr Dahle Suggett will introduce you to a Strategic Planning Framework that includes effective methods and tools for inquiry, data collection, and building the conditions for collaboration and innovation in a planning team. This practical course uses real-life case studies of strategic planning as its main teaching tool – and requires participants to reflect on their own work in developing strategies as part of a group..

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Influencing
Jun
24
9:30 AM09:30

Influencing

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST OPEN! Successful managers use their influence and negotiation skills in every situation. This half-day program outlines effective influencing and negotiation strategies across a variety of situations, with a particular focus on public sector values. Facilitated by Christine Nixon, Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.

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Project Management
Jun
18
9:30 AM09:30

Project Management

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST OPEN! IPAA Victoria’s popular Project management course is designed for any public sector employee who is responsible for designing, managing or reporting on projects or programs, as well as grant managers, contract managers, and members of governance bodies. The course provides a refresher on the core practices and terminology of project management, as well as tools and an overarching framework for project management, monitoring, risk assessment, and engagement with sponsors and stakeholders.

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Strategic Thinking
Jun
14
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Thinking

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST OPEN! IPAA Victoria’s Strategic thinking course is designed for all levels of public sector managers and project teams, particularly those who may be embarking on a period of change or seeking to build a more collaborative and strategic environment. It holds special relevance for individuals who are about to move into management positions and are seeking strategic skills to complement their existing leadership skills. 

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Diversity and Inclusion
Jun
12
9:30 AM09:30

Diversity and Inclusion

While the Victorian public sector is generally supportive of diversity and inclusion, there is no doubt that much more needs to be done to make everyone feel at home in our workplaces – and to ensure that we reflect and respect the community we’re working for. In 2018, IPAA Victoria has teamed up with the leadership development experts at Polykala to offer a uniquely experiential workshop that will help public sector employees feel the tangible benefits of gender, racial and cultural diversity – and give them the tools to be a power for good in their workplaces.

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Get to the Point
Jun
11
9:30 AM09:30

Get to the Point

SOLD OUT - WAITLIST OPEN! This hands-on, half-day workshop uses conceptual frameworks for clear and concise professional writing, which will help you craft strong, targeted messages – and write effectively for specific audiences. It provides practical tips and memorable guidance for anyone involved in writing or producing reports, policy briefs, or other documents that need to convey their messages in a clear, structured and convincing fashion.

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Change Management in the Public Service
Jun
5
9:30 AM09:30

Change Management in the Public Service

During this highly interactive workshop, award-winning communication leader Jill Calder presents the Four Rooms of Change™ – a powerful and time-honoured model for driving change at individual, group and organisational levels. By supporting individuals to understand and own their change experiences, this celebrated methodology helps people take the first steps on a journey to achieve genuine and lasting change.

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Stakeholder Engagement
Jun
4
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Canvassing and balancing the needs of different stakeholders, keeping communities informed of project progress, providing channels for public feedback and evaluation – all of these are clearly critical to the success of any public sector program. And with declining trust in many government institutions, the need for transparent and respectful public engagement has never been greater.

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