Learning Opportunities

Further Learning Opportunities

ACFID facilitates access to a wide range of learning opportunities that are offered by our member organisations or by other providers.

If you’re interested in a learning opportunity that is listed here, please verify the details of the course with the relevant provider.

Please note that events advertised on this page are not endorsed by ACFID and ACFID accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of information on this page.

For a course to be posted on this page, the dates must be set and we will only accept submissions of training courses that are specific to the aid and development sector. Please contact our Learning and Development Team with the details of the course (title, dates, a short description and hyperlink).

Charges will apply to non-ACFID members to advertise on this page. Please contact our Learning and Development team to enquire about our rates.


Workshops and forums


The Changing Development Space: What the new ways of funding mean for NFPs

New funding methods are changing how people give to development causes. Social media, more immediate global connections and scepticism about established ways of giving are challenging us to rethink how we do our business. Chaired by the SDC and co-hosted with the Ethics Centre, this panel discussion will explore how donors are changing the development space and what the new way of ‘doing things’ will look like. Made up of three development practitioners, the panel will discuss emerging changes in the sector and their responses to these changes. This is a rare opportunity to find out how social media and digital wave is changing the way development operates.

Panelists: Consisting of Keren Winterford (Research principal, Institute of Sustainable Futures, UTS), Carolin Lesshaa (Social Impact Strategist, Fred Hollows Foundation), and a representative from the Wesley Mission, will discuss the issue and provide their insights into what the new way of funding will means to the way NFPs operate.

Dates: Mon. 29 May 2017, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm AEST Add to Calendar

Location: The Ethics Centre, Level 2, Legion House, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, View Map

Cost: $20 (students will be reimbursed $10 at the door).

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-changing-development-space-what-the-new-ways-of-funding-mean-for-nfps-tickets-34068075531 

Foundations of Outcomes Measurement workshop

Are you looking to shift your measurement and reporting from activities & outputs to outcomes & impact? Join The Incus Group for a practical and interactive workshop designed to equip individuals and organisations with the essential background and knowledge to measure and report the impact of their work on an ongoing basis. The workshop is facilitated by trainers with substantial experience in both delivering training and working with organisations to implement outcomes measurement, and is followed up with a 1 hour individual consultation to help you apply what you have learnt.


Melbourne: 8 June 2017, register here

Sydney: 28 June 2017, register here

Cost: Tickets (ex GST)

$395 for not for profit sector (early bird)

$595 for private and public sector organisations (early bird)

We are pleased to provide a discount to ACFID members (use the code: ACFID-M)

Contact Details:

For Melbourne register here

For Sydney register here

Contact: The Incus Group


Book Launches

No book launches scheduled right now.

Webinars and Online Training


Master of Evaluation or Graduate Certificate in Evaluation.

Become a leader in the field of evaluation with a Master of Evaluation or a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, the only online programs of their kind in Australasia, at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s number one university*.

Taught by a team of leading academics and industry experts, the Evaluation program is designed to suit busy professionals who have varying levels of experience with evaluation, including planners, trainers, teachers, performance auditors, managers and consultants.

* Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017


Location: Flexible online delivery

Dates: Term 3 applications close 28 May 2017; term starts 10 July 2017.

Cost: Master of Evaluation $23,904. Graduate Certificate $11,952.

Register here.


TorqAid online Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program

TorqAid – www.torqaid.com has been offering an online accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program since mid 2016.  There are six modules. The first four of these modules look at different aspects of DRM (or what is called Emergency Management = EM in Australia).  A number of key diagrams are introduced to explain this, in particular the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC) and the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram.  Best practice from both overseas DRM and Australian EM is introduced, this including the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS); ‘Building Back Better’; government department led Cluster coordination systems; and the ISO 31000 risk management process.  The fifth module focuses in on PPM, where the focus of this is the Project Management Cycle (PMC) and the Project Design Document (PDD).  A number of useful participatory tools are also introduced (such as the Ten Seed Technique {TST} and Seasonal Calendar), as well as the ACFID Effective Community Development Practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. The sixth module focuses on Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with Syria as the main case study. When accompanied by follow-up assignment questions, the DRM (5 modules) is accredited with both Murdoch University (Master of Arts in Development Studies {MADevSt} and Community Development {MA Comm Dev}); and Charles Sturt University (CSU) on their undergraduate and postgraduate Emergency Management programs.

Dates:  This is an online program, and people have the option of working through the material at their own pace.  However a twelve week ‘intensive’, where there is particularly concentrated interaction between the participants and facilitator, is being offered from the 6th February 2017.  A second 12 week ‘intensive’ for the year will be facilitated from the 7th August 2017. 

Location:  Online.

Cost:  Individual modules cost AUD 250 each (+ GST), or AUD 1,200 (+ GST) for 5/6 modules.  The optional assignment costs AUD 400 (+ GST).  There is a 10% discount for ACFID members.

Registration details: see www.torqaid.com/training for details, or otherwise contact the TorqAid CEO and Senior Facilitator, Chris Piper, at [email protected] and + 61 (0)412 497 317.


The Humanitarian Financing landscape - realities and emerging trends for NGOs

A short video on YouTube about the changing humanitarian financing landscape by ICCVA. ICVA is a global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice.

Watch the video here.

The link to the recorded full webinar here

Financial Stability in Not for Profit Organisations

In this free 60-minute session, presenter Michael Walsh, CEO, Executive Director at UCA Funds Management, will analyse strategic steps and structures that can be applied to address proposed changes to public policy for funding, policy trends and innovation, what the economic outlook means for the sector and how organisations like yours are facing the challenge. 

Registration has closed, as this event has been run. However, the resource notes and materials are available from Probono's website

Date conducted: 25th May, 2016


Face-to-face training

Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE)

RedR Australia would like to announce that we are offering a Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) course in May 2017 due to a large amount of interest expressed by both our training partners and past course participants. Our trainers have extensive experience in complex emergencies and natural disasters in Africa, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific.

3 places left!

Course Overview

Datess: 23 – 25 May 2017, 8:30am – 4:30pm daily

Location: RedR Australia, 55-61 Barry Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Fee: AUD $960.00

Inclusions: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, handbook and all training materials. Accommodation and travel is not included.

Why should I choose this course?

The number of people affected by humanitarian crises globally almost doubled over the past decade. Increasing emergencies brings a growing demand for humanitarians with expertise in child protection in emergencies (CPiE) and, by delivering this training, we aim to increase the pool of experts available to deploy in this sector.

By the end of the course participants should:

  • Improve their understanding of risk factors that make children vulnerable in emergencies
  • Develop knowledge of best practices in prevention, preparedness and response to protecting children in emergencies
  • Be able to apply their skills to protect children
  • Understand the minimum standards for protecting children in humanitarian settings
  • Appreciate the role of coordination in the child protection in emergencies sector
  • Gain improved leadership and coordination skills in formal and informal cluster settings

To see who this course is for, the course outline and for more detailed course information please follow this link. Registrations are now open online but please remember places will fill fast!

Negotiation for Humanitarian Responders

Date: August 

Organisation: RedR in a partnership with Australian Red Cross

Learn more here or email.

Personal, Safety and Security course

Date: 15-18 June.

Organisation: Red R

Learn more here or email.

Capacity Development Across Cultures

Enhance your effectiveness working across cultures. This thought-provoking two-day Australian Red Cross course combines cultural perspectives with the latest thinking and approaches to capacity development. It is invaluable for anyone planning to work overseas in a humanitarian or development context and for people working across cultures in Australia. Participants come from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

Find out more and register here.

Sydney: 15 – 16 March, 2017

Melbourne: 6 – 7 April, 2017


International Humanitarian Protection Training

International Humanitarian Protection Training is a must for all humanitarian aid workers, program and policy officers, case workers and others working with people who are affected by disaster or armed conflict in international settings. Through case studies, group exercises and a short simulation, this two-day course co-facilitated by Australian Red Cross and Humanitarian Advisory Group will develop your understanding and competencies for applying protection principles to your particular role in a humanitarian response.

Find out more and register here.

Melbourne: 8 – 9 June, 2017


Participatory Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

This five-day Australian Red Cross course will help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to create well-planned and evidence-based programs. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to address the major challenges facing service providers. This intermediate-level course is ideal for practitioners and program managers who are responsible for implementing projects.

Melbourne: 30-31 March and 3-5 April, 2017

Registration: Find out more and register here

Combined Face to Face and Online Learning:

Real Geek Policy and Practice Blog

Oxfam UK has launched a blog dedicated to research, evaluation, and adaptive learning (REAL).

Register here



La Trobe subsidised course fees for Master of International Development: Places Close Soon!



La Trobe University has recently been awarded 15 Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) places for its Master of International Development (MID). Students need to enrol in only one subject in Semester 2 in order to qualify for a CSP. CSP places means that students will only pay about $6000 a year instead of over $17,000 in fees. This arrangement applies for the entire duration of the course and to students studying both part-time and full-time. Whilst La Trobe’s MID is not an online degree there is some scope to undertake subjects online and people wishing to explore this option are encouraged to contact the course convenor.

La Trobe’s Master of International Development is an innovative quality course that is taught as partnership between the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, and the Department of Politics and Philosophy. Subjects are taught by staff with considerable expertise and experience such as Chris Roche, Linda Kelly and Deborah Rhodes all of whom are currently involved in delivering ACFID’s professional development programme Making Change Happen for NGO executives and senior managers.

La Trobe is also offering CSPs for the Master of International Relations (MIR). This may also be relevant for some ACFID members, particularly as it is possible to study several subjects in international development within the auspices of the MIR.

Contact details

For the Commonwealth Supported Places in the Master of International Development contact: Dr Tim Thornton at [email protected]

For the Commonwealth Supported Places in the Master of International Relations, please contact: Dr Michael O'Keefe - [email protected]

HREA Online Courses

HREA offers short on-line professional development courses related to human rights, humanitarian action, and financial, people and project management. They are self-directed, which means learners can start and complete them at their own pace. Courses typically include written text and interactive learning activities to assess understanding or apply what was learned. Certificates can be downloaded on successful completion of final assessments.

Read more about HREA Rapid e-courses here.



Collaboration for Impact Conference 2017

A 2 day conference that enables people to tackle big, tough problems and create large scale impact through collaboration. The Collaboration for Impact conference is for people from all sectors who are leading collaborative change and working to get better outcomes for their communities and organisations. Collaboration for Impact is Australia's leading organisation for enabling people to tackle big, tough problems and create large-scale social impact through collaboration. This July 2017, we invite you to join us in Canberra for our annual conference. This is a learning conference. You will learn about "what works" from Collective Impact initatives and cross-sector collaborations across Australia. We bring together a rich network of practitioners and experienced enablers from different sectors who are working to achieve large-scale social change. If you are working in a cross-sectoral collaborative or collective impact intitative (or thinking about starting), this will be your best learning experience of the year.

Dates: 17-19 July 2017

Location: National Convention Centre, Canberra


Corporate/Government $1,050.00

Large NFP $950.00

Small NFP/Sole Trader/Consultant $750.00 (Post-conference Workshop Only)

Registration: Register Now

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network Conference

The flagship Research for Development Impact Conference (formerly the ACFID University Network Conference) will be held once again in 2017. Co-hosted with the University of Sydney, the conference will explore the theme Partering for Impact on Sustainable Development, and take place on 13-14 June. For more information, visit the conference website: www.rdiconference2017.org.au.

For all other RDI Network events, please visit our website here.


To stay updated and connected to the RDI Network, sign up to our newsletter here or join us on LinkedIn and Twitter.