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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

Public Sector Writing
Apr
30
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.

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Stakeholder Engagement
May
2
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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Reviewing and Proofreading
May
3
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.

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Presenting with Confidence
May
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.

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In-Conversation with Victoria’s Commissioners to Asia
May
7
12:30 PM12:30

In-Conversation with Victoria’s Commissioners to Asia

This “in conversation” event provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about Victoria’s interests in Asia, the importance of Asia capabilities and why public servants should be more Asia aware – through the insights and experience of Victoria’s Asia based Commissioners (Japan, Korea, China, India and Southeast Asia). Presented by the Asia Capabilities CoP & Global Victoria.

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Speech Writing
May
10
9:30 AM09:30

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.

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Analysing and Presenting Data
May
14
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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Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals
May
16
9:30 AM09:30

Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals

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.

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Strategic Planning
May
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.

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Project Management
May
21
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.

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Writing Briefs for Decision Makers
May
21
9:30 AM09:30

Writing Briefs for Decision Makers

Writing decision briefs in the public sector is a unique communications skill, which requires a special understanding of how our leaders make decisions.

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 Modern Government Works
May
22
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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Strategic Thinking
May
23
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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State Budget Briefing Breakfast
May
28
7:00 AM07:00

State Budget Briefing Breakfast

Tickets on sale now! The 2019-20 State Budget will now be delivered on Monday 27 May, by the Treasurer of Victoria, The Hon Tim Pallas MP. The following morning on Tuesday 28 May, IPAA Victoria’s annual State Budget Briefing Breakfast will be one of the best ways for you to learn about the most important Victorian government policy document for 2019-20.

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State Budget Briefing Breakfast - Live Streamed to Geelong
May
28
7:10 AM07:10

State Budget Briefing Breakfast - Live Streamed to Geelong

Live broadcast event for Geelong - 2019 State Budget Breakfast. The 2019-20 State Budget will now be delivered on Monday 27 May, by the Treasurer of Victoria, The Hon Tim Pallas MP. The following morning on Tuesday 28 May, IPAA Victoria’s annual State Budget Briefing Breakfast will be one of the best ways for you to learn about the most important Victorian government policy document for 2019-20.

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Presenting with Confidence
May
28
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 →
Grammar and Punctuation
May
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.

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New term, new priorities - Key social and economic priorities of the Victorian Government
May
29
5:00 PM17:00

New term, new priorities - Key social and economic priorities of the Victorian Government

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This is a rare opportunity to meet senior leaders from across the Victorian Public Service.  Hear from DHHS, DJCS, DOT and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) on key priorities of the re-elected Victorian Government, including mental health, crime prevention, transport and risk management. Presented by IPAA Victoria's Young Professionals Network (YIPAA) and the Graduate Recruit Alumni Society (GRAS).

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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.

View Event →
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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Get to the Point
Jun
11
9:30 AM09:30

Get to the Point

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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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 feelthe 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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Strategic Thinking
Jun
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 →
Project Management
Jun
18
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 →
Strategic Planning
Jun
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..

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Grammar and Punctuation
Jun
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 →
Public Sector Writing
Jun
27
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 →

Get to the Point
Apr
16
9:30 AM09:30

Get to the Point

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.

View Event →
From Declaring War to Turning the Tide on Waste: Driving Sustained Behaviour Change
Apr
12
3:00 PM15:00

From Declaring War to Turning the Tide on Waste: Driving Sustained Behaviour Change

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Learn first-hand how behaviour change has been embedded in initiatives across the waste and resource sphere. Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with behaviour change programs. Presented by the Sustainability CoP.

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How Modern Government Works
Apr
11
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 →
Apr
10
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 →
Apr
9
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.

View Event →
Apr
4
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.

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Apr
2
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 →
Mar
29
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 →
Mar
28
9:30 AM09:30

Organisational Change

This unique half-day workshop draws on an Australian-first methodology that combines the latest change management wisdom with neurological pathways to critical skill acquisition. Award-winning communications strategist Jill Calder and business coach Faye Cormick reveal how you can drive change at individual, group and organisational levels – and train your brain to develop resilience during change.

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Mar
26
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.

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Mar
21
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 →
Mar
19
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. For many years, IPAA Victoria’s Stakeholder engagement workshop has been one of our most popular courses. The reason for its success lies in a combination of the latest ‘science’ of stakeholder engagement, practical real-life case studies – and one of the most respected trainers in the business.

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Mar
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 →
Mar
12
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 →
Mar
7
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 →
Mar
6
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.

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Feb
27
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 →
Feb
26
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. Presenting with confidence can also be tailored to specific government teams or subject matter, and delivered in-house if required.

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Feb
22
9:30 AM09:30

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 →
Feb
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 →
Feb
19
9:30 AM09:30

Get to the Point

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.

View Event →
Feb
15
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.

Too often these stages of writing are ignored. As a result, written information circulates in reports, websites, brochures, correspondence or emails that is confusing, ambiguous or embarrassing.

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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