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


Financial Management training in Melbourne in November 2017 – Discount for ACFID members, buy 1 place, get the 2nd place 50% off

UK Based NGO Mango's (https://www.mango.org.uk/) mission is to strengthen financial management and accountability of NGOs and their partners worldwide. Mango is delivering award-winning financial management training in Melbourne this November. The courses have been designed to equip both non-finance and finance staff with the skills and confidence to manage programme funds effectively. Please quote Nov50 when booking the 2nd place to receive your discount.

Fighting fraud in NGOs (ST6 (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/fightingfraud) ): Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November – click here (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/fightingfraud) for more information.

Financial management for successful programmes (ES3 (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/successfulprogrammes) ): Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November – click here (https://www.mango.org.uk/training/successfulprogrammes) for more information.

Doing Business with DFAT: Free Information Session

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is pleased to announce a free information session for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to provide them with information on doing business with DFAT and how NGOs can bring value to the Australian Aid Program. Obtain a great understanding of the nature of DFAT procurement policies and processes, Adviser Remuneration Framework, contract negotiation, Value for Money principles, evaluation process and performance management.

Registration: Registration is required, and this can be done online here.

Information Session date: 30 October 2017 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm (register early - limited to 65 spots)

Venue: DFAT Victoria State Office – Conference Room, Level 14, 55 Collins Street (Corner Collins and Exhibition Street – ANZ Tower), Melbourne

If you have any questions please direct them to [email protected]


International Humanitarian Action Training

Want to know how aid works? This is the course for you.

Facilitated by some of our best and most experienced aid workers, you'll discover the key concepts behind effective humanitarian assistance in emergency and conflict settings. Learn about how Red Cross, UN, Government and Non-Government actors collaborate and coordinate to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to those in need.

Upcoming course dates:

Sydney: 23-25 August 2017 (Red Cross Offices, 464 Kent St, Sydney, NSW)
Melbourne: 13-15 September 2017 (Red Cross Offices, 23-47 Villiers St, North Melbourne, VIC)
Canberra: 11-13 October 2017 (Red Cross House, 3 Dann Cl, Garran, ACT)
Darwin: 6 - 8 September 2017 (Red Cross Offices, 13 Scaturchio St, Casuarina, NT)

Register now or email.

Training the Trainer for Humanitarian Practitioners

Every aid worker must be a good trainer too. Whether you are teaching a new system or preparing volunteers to respond to a disease outbreak, your ability to design, pitch, deliver and measure effective training programs will be crucial. This practical three-day course will build your skills and confidence in training, with a focus on humanitarian and development contexts.

Sydney: 2 - 4 August 2017 (Red Cross Offices, 464 Kent St, Sydney, NSW)

Register now or email.

Book Launches

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Webinars and Online Training

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

Master of Evaluation or Graduate Certificate in Evaluation.

Evaluate with confidence and make a meaningful difference with a qualification from Australia’s leading university. Taught by a team of leading academics and industry experts, the University of Melbourne’s Evaluation program is designed to suit busy professionals who have varying levels of experience with evaluation. While the course caters to a broad range of contexts, it also provides discipline specific expertise for international development specialists working across health, humanitarian aid and sustainability.

Whether you’re looking to forge a new career in evaluation or to build your leadership capacity in an existing international development role, the Master of Evaluation will enable you to influence change through your career.

Dates: Term 1 applications close 8 January 2018; Term starts 29 January 2018.

Location: Flexible online delivery

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

Register here

Download a course guide here, or call + 61 3 8344 0149 (AEST: Mon – Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, or public holidays 10am-5pm).


Leadership for Complexity Master Class

For anyone playing a leadership role in collaborations, collective impact, place based reform and systems change. This is your foundational leadership training.

When: Thursday 28 & Friday 29 September 2017
Where: Local Community Services Association (LCSA) - Level 4 , 52-58 William Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Cost: $950 +GST (Govt, Large NFP and Corp) | $800 +GST (Small NFP and Community)
Registration: https://collaboration.canbook.me/adaptive-leadership-sydney
Further information: http://www.collaborationforimpact.com/event/adaptive-leadership-for-collaborations-and-collective-impact/

Complexity Aware Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaption (5 days) run by Clear Horizon

This popular course is Clear Horizon’s blue ribbon offering. Our most extensive and comprehensive training program, it is facilitated by our Founding Director, Dr Jess Dart along with guest presentations from other specialists. The material is updated annually with new trends and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice. It is without doubt an intense (but practical) course that takes you through all the twists and turns of doing monitoring and evaluation today Participants are invited to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for a real program – this course does cater for complex and emergent programs.

Dates: 07 Aug 2017 -11 Aug 2017

Location: Sydney

Cost: $2800 (AES members, students, NGO staff and group bookings may be eligible for a discount)

Registration: Click here to register.

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.


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 - M.O'[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.


Innovation in Community Engagement, Sydney 13-14 November

Collaboration for Impact are hosting Innovation in Community Engagement in Sydney on 13-14 November – two days of inspiring and energising days of presentations, provocations and experimentation. The conference features an impressive line-up of speakers from Australia and the USA, case studies and an intensive one-day workshop on deliberative engagement. Innovation in Community Engagement is a chance to come together to share our experience and explore the latest tools and approaches to leading authentic and lasting community engagement.

Tickets are on sale now: http://bit.ly/InnovCommEng2017 (http://bit.ly/InnovCommEng2017)


Australian Evaluation Society (AES) 2017 International Evaluation Conference

Registrations are open for the AES 2017 International Evaluation Conference. Join colleagues from around New Zealand, Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and the world to explore the theme Evaluation Capital. Please note that all persons attending the conference must register, including all accepted paper presenters and chairpersons.

Dates: 4 – 6 September

Location: Canberra

Cost: There is an early bird special on the prices below if you register before 30 June -

Individual Member $1,145

Non Member $1,365

Full Time Student $635

Registration is via the AES website: Register Now