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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 11


Program 12


Program 13


Program 14


Registration - click on link

Register P11

Register P12

Register P13

Register P14

T1 EI Diagnostic opens

18 Feb 2019

18 Feb 2019

28 Apr 2019

27 May 2019

T1 EI Diagnostic closes

28 Feb 2019

28 Feb 2019

3 May 2019

8 Jun 2019

½ Day Induction Workshop / T1 Debrief

12 Mar 2019

13 Mar 2019

14 May 2019

18 Jun 2019

Module 1 Workshop - Understanding self and developing others: the reflective mindset

2 Apr 2019

3 Apr 2019

11 Jun 2019

13 Aug 2019

Module 2 Workshop - Understanding Government and Governance

28 May 2019

29 May 2019

6 Aug 2019

15 Oct 2019

Module 3 Workshop - Managing People

23 July 2019

24 Jul 2019

3 Oct 2019

3 Dec 2019

Module 4 Workshop - Creating a Positive Work Environment

17 Sept 2019

18 Sept 2019

19 Nov 2019

4 Feb 2020

OTJ Guide (1mnth) finish by

17 Oct 2019

18 Oct 2019

9 Dec 2019

4 Mar 2020

T2 EI Diagnostic Opens

22 Oct 2019

22 Oct 2019

10 Dec 2019

10 Mar 2020

T2 EI Diagnostic Closes

1 Nov 2019

1 Nov 2019

20 Dec 2019

27 Mar 2020

½ Day Closing Workshop
T2 Debrief / Celebration Event

12 Nov 2019

13 Nov 2019

11 Feb 2020

7 Apr 2020

Download Locations and dates for all programs (368KB, PDF)

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.