Enterprise Agreement Guidelines

Learning and Professional Development

  1. Learning and development opportunities are provided to employees in accordance with clauses 66 and 67 of the Enterprise Agreement.  This Guideline provides advice on how the opportunities for learning and development for employees are administered.

Learning and development opportunities arranged by the Department (clause 67)

Computer training

  1. All employees have access to training in the computer systems and software applications provided by the Department.  This training is provided through Wizard Computer Training.
  2. To access computer training book online at http://www.wct.com.au/eos or contact Wizard on:
    1. phone – (02) 6162 2929; or
    2. email – wizard@wct.com.au.

MOP(S) Professional Development Program (PDP)

  1. The Department engages contracted training providers to design and deliver specially tailored courses under the PDP, covering subject areas such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, management skills, research skills and other areas relevant to electorate and personal employees, including senior staff.  A PDP calendar is developed by the Department each year in response to the training needs of employees as identified through consultation with course participants, employees and employing Members, including by the conduct of a regular training needs analysis.
  2. Details of courses on offer and registration forms are distributed in advance of each course to all employees and Members and are available on the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services intranet.  The number of courses offered and their location depends on the level of demand.

Know Your Entitlements Information Sessions

  1. Depending on demand, Know Your Entitlements information sessions are conducted annually in capital cities and larger regional centres.  The purpose of Know Your Entitlements information sessions is to familiarise MOP(S) Act employees with their conditions of employment, the support services available to them and the entitlements of their employing Member.

Office Management Information Sessions

  1. Employees have access to Office Management information sessions to help improve the accountability and performance of the Electorate Office.  Courses are conducted annually in capital cities and larger regional centres, subject to demand.

Ad hoc training and professional development activities

  1. It is not possible for the Professional Development Program to provide training and professional development activities to meet the needs of all employees in all circumstances.  Therefore, electorate employees, and personal employees (other than Government personal employees and the personal employees of Presiding Officers – who should refer to their home departments) may access training and professional development activities (within Australia only) that satisfy their individual development needs, in accordance with clause 67.10 of the Enterprise Agreement.
  2. Approval to attend ad hoc training and professional development activities must be sought from the relevant Entitlements Manager and must have the support of the employing Member.  Employees are encouraged to seek approval prior to the training as no reimbursement of costs will be made without the support of the employing Member and the approval of the relevant Entitlements Manager.  In approving applications to attend ad hoc training and professional development activities the Department may take the following questions into consideration:
    1. Does the activity have relevance to the work of the office?
    2. Will the activity contribute to the long-term development of the employee?
    3. Does the activity represent good value for money?
    4. Is an activity with similar outcomes available through the Professional Development Program offered by the Department?
    5. Does the application have the support of the employing Member?
  3. Reimbursement of approved ad hoc training costs will be made when relevant invoices and receipts are provided to the Department.  Alternatively, arrangements may be made with the Department for an invoice to be provided directly to the Department by the service provider.
  4. An application form for attendance at ad hoc training is available on the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services intranet.

Training provided through home departments

  1. When the home departments of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Presiding Officers provide portfolio related training to personal employees, the relevant home department meets all costs associated with this training.  The home department also meets the cost of all ad hoc training for these employees.
August 2012