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Our Strategic Plan is clear about the integral role staff play in meeting the challenges of advancing our institutional capacity. To ensure you have the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your work, we are committed to investing in a comprehensive range of staff development programs and activities.

To register or enquire about current or new staff development opportunities, email

Staff development calendar

A comprehensive range of activities is offered through the staff development calendar. Several leadership and management skills development programs for team leaders and those aspiring to apply for leadership positions in the future to develop the capability of staff at all levels are offered. Topics include; leadership and management, communication, teamwork, PPR supervisor training and a comprehensive suite of Health, Safety and Wellbeing activities, including Mindfulness, and Resilience activities.

Middle Managers Forums

Middle managers have been identified as a group to invest in as they deal with the day-to-day management of staff and other significant resources and initiatives, and can make a real difference to the success of the University. A suite of complementary programs that focus on effective management and leadership, is offered through the Forums. (By invitation only)

Professional Development Program (PDP)

PDP provides opportunities for you to broaden your experience and further develop your scholarship, teaching and research skills and professional knowledge by working collaboratively and in a sustained manner with scholars, teachers, researchers and professionals outside USC. Through PDP, you are able to undertake a significant project that is not normally available through other means within the University. A key component of PDP is being exposed to and immersed in a different organisation for a sustained period of time. Both academic and professional staff are eligible to apply for PDP. Application for PDP 2016 will be called for in July.

Sessional staff development and induction Days

The Sessional Staff Development Day, which focuses on Learning and Teaching, is held early in each semester and coordinated through C-SALT. The aims of the program are to:

  • encourage and support effective learning and teaching practices
  • foster commitment to the University’s programs and courses
  • recognise the contribution of sessional staff.

Online PPR training

All ongoing and fixed-term staff are required to participate in PPR (Performance Planning and Review) training prior to participating in their first formal PPR conversation to ensure they understand the principles, purposes and practice of PPR at the University.

PPR training is available on the Portal in the Human Resources organisation. In 2015, we're also holding a PPR forum each semester to give staff and PPR supervisors an opportunity to ask questions about PPR and discuss how to get the most out of the PPR process.

PPR supervisors need to attend PPR supervisor training before they have their first formal PPR conversation with their staff. Those who want to refresh their PPR supervision skills are also welcome to attend. Four sessions are held each year – in February and early-March and in October – as all formal PPR discussions need to take place between 1 October 2015 and 31 March 2016 to develop PPR goals for 2016. Monitoring participation in PPR is undertaken in early April.

Online induction for new staff

Online induction helps familiarise you with USC. It also outlines our strategic goals, provides information about how we operate and fit together, and indicates our future directions. This training will answer questions you might have concerning conditions of employment, information about your work environment and resources available to you during your initial and ongoing employment.

Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards for Excellence

At USC, we appreciate that our staff are our greatest assets. We are proud of their achievements. Each year, through the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Awards for Excellence, exceptional achievements are recognised and rewarded in the key areas of: learning and teaching; research; engagement; and service. For each Award category, $5000 is made available to the recipients to support their professional development.

More information

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