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Training and Professional Development

Professional Development Program

Ministerial and Parliamentary Services provides a Professional Development Program each year, which includes ‘MOP(S) Act Employment – Terms and Conditions’, and ‘Office Management’ information sessions.

Details of each training session and registration forms are published in the Professional Development Program training calendar.

Studies Assistance

Studies assistance consists of up to five hours per week of study leave and reimbursement of up to $10,000 per financial year of certain study costs.

Details of studies assistance arrangements, including how to apply, are in the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019 and the Studies Assistance Guideline.

Where an electorate employee is engaged to replace a person on paid study leave, the costs will be met from the electorate support budget.

Training Provided by Party Secretariats

Reimbursement is available to political parties and to Independent Senators and Members for the costs of training MOP(S) Act employees. The amount of reimbursement is capped, and is paid subject to compliance with conditions that are advised in writing each year by the Special Minister of State.

ICT Training

MOP(S) Act employees have access to a range of online and face-to-face ICT training services. ICT training services are administered by the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) and assist staff to develop proficiency with:

  • ICT equipment and devices provided by DPS (including computers, laptops, mobile devices and printers, etc.);
  • parliamentary applications (including ParlInfo Search and ParlView);
  • the Microsoft Office suite of applications (including Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.);
  • the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications (including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, etc.); and
  • other software applications required to support the work of parliamentarians.

Further information on the ICT training services available to MOP(S) Act employees can be found on the ICT Training pages of the ParlICT website.

Note: you will need to be logged on to the Parliamentary Computing Network (PCN) to view content on the ParlICT website.
If you experience any issues accessing the ParlICT website or have any questions regarding the ICT training services provided by DPS, please contact the 2020 Service Desk.

Ad hoc Learning and Development Opportunities

Employees may access other professional development activities that satisfy their individual development needs. This may include attendance at events within Australia such as courses, seminars, workshops and conferences. These events must be related to the employee’s duties, tasks and responsibilities, represent value for money, and should not duplicate a learning and development opportunity provided as part of the Professional Development Program.

If employees wish Ministerial and Parliamentary Services to cover the cost of an ad hoc professional development event, including forums and seminars offered by the Parliamentary Departments at Parliament House, approval must be sought by submitting Form 113: Application to Attend Ad Hoc Training to the relevant Advice and Support Director. Employees are encouraged to seek prior approval as no reimbursement of costs will be made without the approval of Ministerial and Parliamentary Services and the support of the employing Senator or Member.

Consult the Enterprise Agreement and Guidelines for further information.

Online Access to Information at Parliament House

The Parliament House website has information about forthcoming forums and seminars conducted by the Department of the Senate and the Department of the House of Representatives.

Additional Travel

The employees of certain Senators and Members have access to additional travel for Professional Development Program training, approved ad hoc learning and professional development opportunities, IT training or training for work health and safety roles.  This additional travel is not debited from the electorate support budget. This additional travel is set out in the travel determination.

Last updated: 13 December 2019