6.5 Staff training and development
Staff training and development is a critical aspect of the management
of the Gardens. As a consequence of award restructuring there is
considerable opportunity to expand and further develop staff skills,
and training is expected to provide benefits in terms of personal
development and improved work performance.
Staff training has focussed predominantly on the development of
professional and technical skills essential for those working at the
Gardens. The Australian Nature Conservation Agency has provided a
range of in-house training programs, facilitated attendance at
external courses, seminars and conferences, and commenced a staff
interchange program with other botanic gardens.
The objectives are to provide training to enhance career
opportunities and job satisfaction through multi-skilling at all
levels of the Gardens workforce and to improve staff development
efforts, focussing particularly on individual needs and aspirations.
Training needs and profiles will be recorded and monitored to assist
in developing career paths for individual staff and a continuing
program of in-service training will be conducted to help staff to
develop necessary skills and qualifications. Access to a broad range
of internal and external courses, seminars and staff counselling
services will continue to be provided and facilitated through the
Australian Nature Conservation Agency staff development unit. The
development of further programs for staff interchange with other
botanic gardens will be pursued.