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Manager Essentials Program

Program Description

The Manager Essentials Program (MEP) is a whole-of-service high quality program designed and developed to increase the fundamental and essential management capabilities of all State Service Managers.

The program is endorsed by the Head of the State Service and all Heads of Departments, as a commitment to identifying and developing current managers in the State Service.

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.

Participants will:

  • develop understandings of self and self-awareness;
  • develop a shared understanding of the unique context of working in the Tasmanian State Service
  • learn to better manage, support and develop people and lead their teams; and
  • develop knowledge of consistent approaches to create positive work environments.

How the program works

MEP is delivered over twelve months and consists of four active learning modules bookended by two half 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.

MEP 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.

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 and governance
Module 3 - Managing People
Module 4 - Creating a Positive Work Environment

Each learning module begins with a Getting Started Guide. The Getting Started Guides incorporate a series of self-directed learning activities and includes 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.

Target Audience

The program is aimed at new or current/existing State Service Managers (Band 6, 7 and 8) or equivalent roles that have responsibilities for the full range of management functions (people, budgets, resources). Participants must have direct reports and supervise between four and eight people.

It is essential that participants are current managers.

Location and Dates


Program 8 Launceston

Program 9 HobartProgram 10 Hobart

Registration – please click on the link

Register P8

Register P9Register P10

EI Diagnostic Survey opens

23 Jul 2018

27 Aug 20185 Nov 2018

EI Diagnostic Survey closes

2 Aug 2018

7 Sept 201816 Nov 2018

½ Day Induction Workshop

8 Aug 2018

14 Sept 201827 Nov 2018

Module 1 Workshop

Understanding self and developing others: the reflective mindset

5 Sept 2018

18 Oct 201820 Feb 2019

Module 2 Workshop

Understanding government and governance

24 Oct 2018

5 Dec 201810 April 2019

Module 3 Workshop

Managing People

12 Dec 2018

28 Feb 20195 June 2019

Module 4 Workshop

Creating a positive work environment

6 Mar 2019

20 March 201931 July 2019

Program cost and enrolment

The cost for the full program has been revised down to $1500 (+GST).

Registration is via the Tasmanian Training Consortium (TTC) website.  Click on the link corresponding to the appropriate program above.

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 Workshop - T1 Debrief
15 June 2017 - Module 1 
10 August 2017 - Module 2 
19 October 2017 - Module 3 
7 December 2017 - Module 4
28 May 2018 - 1/2 Day Closing Workshop -T2 Debrief and Celebration event

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

You can also contact your Human Resources Division in your agency.