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The Informant diary: December 2014

Courses, conferences and events for public servants.

December

December 2: Course – Digital information and records management
Provides practical advice and tips on understanding and using records authorities, and simple approaches to sentencing in a digital environment. Inquiries: National Archives of Australia.

December 3-4: Course – Developing project management expertise (APS 5-6)
Equips you to develop a project plan, and formulate risk management and stakeholder engagement strategies to deliver results on time and on budget. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

December 8: Course – Strategic thinking (APS 5-6)
Takes you behind professional thought practices, planning and operating strategically in the APS. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

December 8: Seminar – The 2014 Solomon Islands elections
ANU Development Policy Centre research fellow Terence Wood speaks on: "The more things change? What was different about the 2014 elections in Solomon Islands and what it means for development?" Inquiries: Crawford School of Public Policy, 6125 7922, macarena.rojas@anu.edu.au.

December 9: Course – Executive level transition: EL1 (APS6-EL1)
Deepens your understanding of the capabilities and behaviours identified in the APS Integrated Leadership System, which are critical to high performance at the EL1 level. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

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December 10: Course – Introduction to the world of public policy (APS5-6)
Explores what it means to be a policy professional by considering what "policy" means, its role in a democracy, the demands on policy professionals and the expected values and skills. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

December 11: Lecture – Stephen Sedgwick
The Institute of Public Administration Australia's ACT division hosts Public Service Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick. The address wil be livestreamed. Inquiries: IPAA (ACT), 6151 6060.

December 11: Course – Essential writing for executive levels
Suits those new to the APS or beginning a role that requires a higher level of writing skills. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

December 11: Course – Presentation skills (all levels)
Equips APS staff with the skills and confidence to give presentations to colleagues or clients. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

December 15: Meet the author – Shaun Micallef
The Canberra Times and the Australian National University host author and comedian Shaun Micallef, who will discuss his latest book,The President's Desk. Inquiries: ANU Events, 6125 4144.

December 17: Course – Applying for that position (all levels)
Examines how to highlight your skills and experience, and use appropriate examples of your work in your job application. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

December 17: Course – Winning that position at interview (all levels)
Examines how to respond in a succinct manner that highlights your confidence, skills and abilities. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

January

January 19: Course – Making effective presentations (all levels)
Examines how to plan and deliver presentations using a variety of techniques. Also examines how to use PowerPoint more effectively. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

January 20: Course – Conducting performance conversations (all levels)
A practical guide to understanding the dynamics of a performance conversation. Provides an approach that will help you manage these interactions to achieve positive results. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

January 21: Course – Dealing with change (all levels)
Challenge your personal beliefs and understanding about change. Identifies strategies for coping with change and teaches how to use them to build personal resilience. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

January 22: Course – Handling challenging behaviour in the workplace (all levels)
Explores why challenging behaviour can occur in the workplace. Provides practical skills to handle these behaviours and communication strategies to de-escalate conflict. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

January 28: Course – Annual reports awards: assessor training
Training required to become an assessor for the Institute of Public Administration's annual report awards. Assessors will need to undergo four to six training sessions by the end of March 2015. Inquiries: IPAA (ACT), 62516060.

February

February 3 & 5: Course – Annual reports awards: assessor training
Training sessions: see entry for January 28.

February 11: Forum – Science meets policymakers
High-level speakers from both the public service and public and private sector research – including Michael Keating, Professor Brian Schmidt, Professor Hugh White and Subho Banerjee – take a warts-and-all look at how well the science/policy nexis works and identify ways to improve it. Hosted by Science & Technology Australia and the Crawford School of Public Policy. Inquiries: Science and Technology Australia.

February 12-13: 2015 Australasian aid conference
Bring together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific and Asia who are working on aid and international development policy to share insights and collaborate. Inquiries: ANU Development Policy Centre.

March

March 11: Course – SES band 1 leadership program
Develops SES band 1 officers' leadership capability in strategy, change, and people. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

March 13: Course – SES band 2 leadership program
Designed to develop and support SES band 2 officers to lead in a public sector environment characterised by complexity, pace and change. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

March 13-14: Conference – Cultural diversity and the law
The Migration Council Australia and the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration host the cultural diversity and the law conference in Sydney, with keynote speaker High Court Chief Justice Robert French. For public servants, lawyers and those who work in justice-related fields. Inquiries: Cultural diversity and the law conference.

The next Informant will be published on February 3, 2015. To list events in the February Diary, email the details to psi.editor@canberratimes.com.au by January 29. Please include the word "diary" in the subject field of your email.

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