Professional Development Courses
IPAA Victoria runs a variety of professional development courses to suit your career needs. We are renowned for delivering professional development courses which are tailored to meet the needs of people in the public sector. Our courses are delivered by a faculty of professionals with vast public sector experience, covering vital career areas.
For more information on each course, please browse our courses below, or look at the course calendar for upcoming courses through to 28 June 2019.
Advanced Presentation Skills
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.
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.
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.
Contract management is often something that is thrown at you, at the last minute, without much explanation or advice. No training in how you monitor the supplier’s performance. No guidance on how to avoid the biggest traps. But thanks to IPAA Victoria and the contract management experts at Grosvenor Management Consulting (Grosvenor), those days are over. This comprehensive course offers a practical one-day introduction to the possibilities and pitfalls of contract management – from the critical early steps of preparation and implementation, through performance management, to the all-important science of keeping suppliers onside.
Diversity and Inclusion
This course is designed for public sector managers and employees who want to build their awareness of diversity and inclusion and its importance for organisational culture. The training equips them with practical tools and language to take safe and constructive action if they witness discrimination in their workplace. It holds special relevance for individuals who want to be proactive in setting organisational culture and gain tools to have difficult conversations that generate goodwill and catalyse learning.
Gain the Policy Edge
Our renowned 5 day policy intensive. This innovative program is aimed at senior government officers and managers who want to develop their policy skills and leadership potential. It challenges participants to think cleverly about policy.
Get to the Point
We all know the importance of documents that ‘get to the point’, but how do we do that without wasting time on endless drafts? This half day course uses conceptual framework for clear and concise professional writing that will help you craft strong, targeted messages for your readers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Budgets and Financial Plans
This full-day IPAA workshop is designed for program managers and project managers with budget and cost centre responsibilities, as well as members of agencies or business unit finance teams who want to improve their budgeting knowledge and skills.
In this highly engaging and interactive workshop, 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.
This unique collaboration between IPAA Victoria and SenateSHJ draws on an Australian-first methodology that combines the latest change management wisdom with neurological pathways to critical skill acquisition. By supporting individuals to understand and own their change experiences, this celebrated methodology helps people take the first steps on a journey to genuine and lasting change.
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.
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.
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.
Program evaluation is critical not only in assessing the effectiveness of our work, but in supporting accountability, improvement and learning. This full-day workshop is targeted at public sector managers, and those who plan, conduct and review programs.
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.
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.
Reviewing and Proofreading
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.
Skilled minute-taking is a half-day course designed for anyone in the public service whose work might involve compiling minutes of committee meetings, strategic planning forums, team briefings, or other working group meetings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In today’s business environment it is vital that your documents are written with clarity and impact to generate the desired results. This workshop provides current best practice based on the guidelines in the Australian Government Style Manual.
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.