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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.

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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
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
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.

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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. 

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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May
1
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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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. 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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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.

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

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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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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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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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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. 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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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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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. 

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

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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. 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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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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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. 

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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 →
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..

View Event →
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 →
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 →

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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
Feb
14
9:30 AM09:30

Producing Persuasive Reports and Proposals

The presentation of a compelling report or business case can be the difference between yesterday’s good idea and tomorrow’s funded project. Even the most experienced public servant can find the complexities of their work getting in the way of a well-written, well-constructed report. But this challenge can be made easier by identifying the key goals and insights of your proposal – and devising a clear narrative for revealing them to your audience.

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Feb
13
9:30 AM09:30

Managing Budgets and Financial Plans

The public expects that the money used by its governments and councils will be carefully allocated and prudently managed. This practical full-day workshop aims to overcome some of the mystery that traditionally surrounds public sector budgets, and to help public sector employees develop the skills to manage and contribute to budgets for government programs and projects.

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Feb
7
9:30 AM09:30

Stakeholder Engagement

Open, honest and respectful stakeholder engagement is not only crucial to the success of individual projects and programs – but to the very future of public trust in our governments.

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.

View Event →
Feb
6
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.

View Event →
Feb
5
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 →