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Manager Essentials Program

Whole of Service Manager Essentials Program

The Manager Essentials Program is a high quality, contemporary manager program that develops the fundamental and essential management capabilities of all State Service Managers.

Manager Essentials Program incorporates a series of stand-alone active learning modules delivered as individual development workshops – aimed at front-line, mid-level managers or senior managers across the Tasmanian State Service.  The learning modules provide managers with skills and tools to equip them to better manage.

In response to the demand for more effective and efficient service delivery, the State Service is focused on improving performance and productivity. Ethical conduct, good governance, workforce management and workforce planning are all integral to achieving high performance across the sector, and ultimately safeguarding ongoing delivery of high quality services to the Tasmanian community.

Manager Essentials Program empowers managers at all levels to make good decisions and manage effectively to positively impact the performance of their team, their agency within the State Service.

How the program works

Each learning module begins with a Getting Started Guide. The Getting Started Guides incorporate a series of self-directed learning activities and could include pre-reading materials; tasks and online information. This is followed by a face-to-face workshop allowing participants to explore the challenges in more details. Applying the learning will be through a management challenge inquiry. The learning module ends with an On-the-Job learning guide which contains resources/tools and development options to help embed the learning long term.

What are the learning modules?

Participants can choose to complete one or all of the stand-alone learning modules. The option of completing all enables participants to obtain essential management skills required for management roles across the broader State Service.

Module 1 - Understanding self and developing others: the reflective mindset
Module 2 - Understanding government
Module 3 - Creating a positive work environment*
Module 4 - Managing people*

* In 2018 Programs No. 4 - 8 - Module 3 is Managing People and Module 4 is Creating a positive work environment

Key Delivery Dates


Program 4 Hobart

Program 5 Devonport

Program 6 Hobart

Program 7 Hobart

Program 8 Launceston

Registration – please click on the link

Register P4

Register P5

Register P6

Register P7

Register P8

Registrations Closing Date

31 Jan 2018

21 Feb 2018

21 Mar 2018

1 June 2018

18 July 2018

EI Diagnostic Survey opens

5 Feb 2018

26 Feb 2018

26 Mar 2018

7 Jun 2018

23 Jul 2018

EI Diagnostic Survey closes

16 Feb 2018

8 Mar 2018

13 Apr 2018

21 Jun 2018

2 Aug 2018

½ Day Induction Workshop

23 Feb 2018

15 Mar 2018

2 May 2018

5 July 2018

8 Aug 2018

Module 1 Workshop

Understanding self and developing others: the reflective mindset

14 Mar 2018

12 Apr 2018

30 May 2018

26 Jul 2018

5 Sept 2018

Module 2 Workshop

Understanding Government and Governance

9 May 2018

7 Jun 2018

25 Jul 2018

13 Sep 2018

24 Oct 2018

Module 3 Workshop *

4 Jul 2018

Managing People

2 Aug 2018

Managing People

19 Sept 2018

Managing People

1 Nov 2018

Managing People

12 Dec 2018

Managing People

Module 4 Workshop *

29 Aug 2018

Creating a Positive Work Environment

27 Sept 2018

Creating a Positive Work Environment

14 Nov 2018

Creating a Positive Work Environment

13 Dec 2018

Creating a Positive Work Environment

6 Mar 2019

Creating a Positive  Work Environment

Who is the program for?

The program is aimed at new or current/existing State Service Managers as well as experienced managers in the Service wanting to refresh their management capabilities.

How much time does the course require?

The four active learning modules are delivered over 7 months and focused around four intensive 1 day workshops. The program  involves commitment and focus from participants. It will require participants to engage with the learning activities and materials with up to 2-3 hours per week of study required.

Program Outcomes

The program will:

  • enhance the State Service core management capabilities, so that the Service is well positioned to meet its current and future requirements;
  • provide a consistent approach and understanding to management practices and responsibilities;
  • provide an integrated learning pathway and prepare managers (frontline, middle and senior) for future management roles;
  • equip State Service Managers to manage, support and develop people and lead their team;
  • offer good value for money, and provide for credible and knowledgeable program facilitators;
  • have a compelling and well-defined learning approach that meet participants and government management skills requirements with excellence; and
  • be a unique Tasmanian context program for managers from across all agencies and authorities.

2017 Pilot Program

Congratulations to the pilot program group, who completed the program in December 2017. The schedule for the pilot was:

25 May 2017 - 1/2 Day Induction 
15 June 2017 - Module 1 
10 August 2017 - Module 2 
19 October 2017 - Module 3 
7 December 2017 - Module 4

The pilot targeted current managers with management and supervisory responsibility. The pilot program had 27 highly motivated people who were managers drawn from every single agency and authority. The target group for the pilot program was mid-level managers at Bands 6, 7 and 8 and also included three equivalent level health professionals. The participants held a range of responsibilities and accountabilities for the full range of management functions (managing people, budgets, resources) including having direct reports.

Need further information?

For more information, please contact the Tasmanian Training Consortium on 6232 7511 or email