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Antony Green ... The ABC election analyst examines the Senate's voting system on February 14. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

February

February 4-6: Course - Mastering policies, procedures and documentation

Information-mapping workshop for anyone who writes policy and procedure documentation, training materials, systems documentation, technical documents or user guides. Teaches research-based techniques for analysing, organising and presenting information, which will make your documents and training materials clear, consistent and user-focused. Inquiries: TP3, 1300 658 388 or info@tp3.com.au.

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at Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney pictured Dr Ken Henry AC
Chair of the Australian Government Inquiry
"Australia in the Asian Century"
Inaugural Executive Chair, The Institute of Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National UniversityFormer Secretary, Australian Treasury. Pic by Sasha Woolley

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Ken Henry ... The former Treasury secretary reflects on competition policy and the Hilmer report on March 7. Photo: Sasha Woolley

February 6: Lecture - The lack of women in positions of economic power

The director of Toulouse's Institute for Advanced Study, Professor Paul Seabright, delivers the F. H. Gruen lecture on ''the unequal representation of women in positions of economic power in advanced societies'' and asks what can, and should, be done to change it. Inquiries: ANU Research School of Economics, 6125 3582 or enquiries.eco@anu.edu.au.

February 11: Public policy education launch

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Dinkus  of The Age reporter Rafael Epstein.  15 June 2011.

Raphael Epstein ... The journalist talks about his book Prisoner X, about Australian-Israeli spy Ben Zyiger, on March 18. Photo: Jason South JPS

The Australian National Institute of Public Policy launches its executive education program for 2014. Meet the institute's presenters, who will give an overview of upcoming courses. Inquiries: Crawford School of Public Policy, 6125 4387.

February 11-12: Course - Structuring work (APS6-EL2)

Helps you to better structure your work to produce more effective and efficient business outcomes across the APS. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

February 11-12: Policy researchers and practitioners' workshop

The ANU hosts a workshop on ''21st-century public management: introducing experimentalist principles'', involving Columbia University law professor Charles Sabel. Inquiries: 6125 0896 or hsu-ann.lee@anu.edu.au.

February 13: Lecture - Experimentalism: a framework for 21st century governance

The ANU hosts Columbia University law professor Charles Sabel, who will discuss ''Experimentalism: a framework for 21st century governance''. Inquiries: 6125 0896 or hsu-ann.lee@anu.edu.au.

February 13: Course - Professional writing in the APS

Provides the skills and confidence to create effective, targeted documents for a range of audiences and purposes in the public sector. Inquiries: Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT division), 6251 6060.

February 14: Lecture - Time to review the Senate's electoral system?

ABC election analyst Antony Green examines whether the Senate's electoral system has become too complex for voters to understand and cast an informed vote. Inquiries: Senate Procedure Office, 6277 3072 or research.sen@aph.gov.au.

February 14: APS indigenous champions meeting (SES)

A meeting of SES-level indigenous champions across all APS agencies. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, diversitycouncil@apsc.gov.au.

February 17-18: Course - Coaching and developing others (APS5-EL2)

Determine skills and knowledge gaps for individuals in relation to organisational goals, and address these gaps through appropriate methods of development. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

February 18: Course - Project or program establishment

KPMG hosts Ian Pye, who explains the steps to follow to efficiently and effectively establish a project or program office. Inquiries: Australian Institute of Project Management (ACT chapter), 0435 786 856.

February 20: APS Diversity Council meeting

A meeting of the Diversity Council, which provides strategic leadership on diversity issues and aims to improve diversity outcomes, including employment outcomes for indigenous Australians and people with disability in the APS.

February 21: Australian Election Study workshop

The Australian National University's Professor Ian McAllister hosts a workshop including presentations by leading scholars on long-term trends in Australian political behaviour and the 2013 election, using newly available data from the 2013 Australian Election Study. Covers gender and leader effects, trends in voting for minor parties, and the role of class, religion, and age on voting behaviour. Inquiries: Sarah Cameron, 6125 4040 or sarah.cameron@anu.edu.au.

February 25: Seminar - Service delivery for federal elections

The Australian Electoral Commissioner, Ed Killestyn, discusses service delivery for federal elections. The speech will be livestreamed. Inquiries: Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT division), 6251 6060.

February 25: Forum - Lessons learned from program management award winners

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's Ian Laverock (cape class patrol boats project) and Jo Prior (marine workforce modernisation project) discuss the lessons learned and magnitude of their award-winning projects. Inquiries: Australian Institute of Project Management (ACT chapter), 0435 786 856.

February 27: Lecture - The limits of central banking

An emeritus professor of economic history, Forrest Capie, of City University, London, delivers the Sir Leslie Melville lecture on ''the limits of central banking'', examining the role of central banks in the great financial crises of 1825 and 2007-08, and the Great Depression in the 1930s. Inquiries: ANU Research School of Economics, 6125 3582 or enquiries.eco@anu.edu.au.

February 27: Course - Digital edge workshop: information governance

Help participants to understand the value of information governance and identify roles, responsibilities and accountabilities. Inquiries: National Archives of Australia, 6212 3954 or agencytraining@naa.gov.au.

February 27: Course - Digital edge workshop: information review

Help participants to: plan an information review project; identify internal and external factors; develop a checklist for undertaking an information review. Inquiries: Inquiries: National Archives of Australia, 6212 3954 or agencytraining@naa.gov.au.

March

March 4: Course - Applying for jobs at the executive level (APS6-EL2)

Gain a better understanding of merit-based employment, how to structure an application and practise the interview skills needed to win an executive-level position. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

March 5 & 6: Course - Better annual report workshops

Facilitated by Helen Lewis, author of The Don't Panic Guide to Annual Report Production. Covers: the purpose and legal requirements of annual reports; planning and managing the project; best practice in performance reporting; writing, editing and indexing; design principles; and accessibility and e-publishing. Inquiries: Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT division), 6251 6060.

March 7: Seminar - Competition policy and deregulation

A seminar to mark the 21st anniversary of the Hilmer report of the National Competition Policy Review Committee. Speakers include former departmental secretaries Peter Harris and Ken Henry, and former National Competition Council commissioner Rod Sims. Inquiries: Crawford School of Public Policy, 6125 4387.

March 11-12: Conference - G20's policy challenges for Asia and the Pacific

The Asia and the Pacific Policy Society conference examines the agenda of the G20 summit later this year. Covers development policy, tax and transfer policy, social policy, energy security, climate change, and food policy. Inquiries: Crawford School of Public Policy, 6125 4387.

March 11-12: Course - Coaching and developing others (APS5-EL2)

Determine skills and knowledge gaps for individuals in relation to organisational goals, and address these gaps through appropriate methods of development. Inquiries: Public Service Commission, 6202 3522.

March 11-14: Course - Women in leadership: achieving and nourishing

Former Victoria Police chief commissioner Christine Nixon runs an workshop to strengthen the leadership and management skills of senior female public sector executives. Inquiries: Australia and New Zealand School of Government or executive.education@anzsog.edu.au.

March 12: Course - Professional writing in the APS

Provides the skills and confidence to create effective, targeted documents for a range of audiences and purposes in the public sector. Inquiries: Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT division), 6251 6060.

March 18: Literary event - Prisoner X

The ANU and The Canberra Times host journalist and author Raphael Epstein, who discusses his book Prisoner X, the true story behind the intriguing and tragic story of Australian-Israeli spy Ben Zyiger. Inquiries: ANU Events, 6125 8415.

March 19: Course - Digital edge workshop: demystifying ISO 16175

ISO 16175 is the international standard for ''Information and documentation - Principles and functional requirements for records in electronic environments''. This course examines how to assess your current business systems for records management compliance, and select new systems. Inquiries: National Archives of Australia, 6212 3954 or agencytraining@naa.gov.au.

March 25: Seminar - The 2013 Prime Minister's public sector management awards

A seminar showcasing the winners of the 2013 Prime Minister's awards for excellence in public sector management, including the Defence Department, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. The seminar will be livestreamed. Inquiries: Inquiries: Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT division), 6251 6060.

March 25-28: Course - Evaluating truthfulness and credibility

Improves your capacity to evaluate the credibility of data received in conversations, interviews, investigations and business dealings. Boosts emotional intelligence and helps you gain an improved insight into human behaviour. Designed by Paul Ekman International and based on Paul Ekman's up-to-date scientific research. Inquiries: Training Group International, 1300 855 618.

March 27: Course - Digital edge workshop: avoiding technical obsolescence

Examines the challenges of keeping digital information over time. Helps participants to understand the nature of technical obsolescence and explore ways of avoiding information loss due to technological changes. Inquiries: National Archives of Australia, 6212 3954 or agencytraining@naa.gov.au.

 March 27: Seminar - Winning hearts as well as minds

The Institute of Public Administration Australia's ACT division and the Australian Institute of Project Management present a breakfast seminar on stakeholder engagement, featuring Murray Darling Basin Authority chief executive Rhonda Dickson and Department of Human Services general manager of communications Hank Jongen. Inquiries: IPAA (ACT), 6251 6060.

The next Informant will be published on March 4, 2014. To list events in the March Diary, email the details to psi.editor@canberratimes.com.au before February 26, 2014. Please include the word ''diary'' in the subject field.