The Professional Staff Conference Scheme exists to assist professional staff to participate in external courses, workshops or conferences that are relevant to their role in the University.
As there is limited funding available, the scheme generally allows for a contribution to the registration fee rather than the full registration amount. In order to spread available funds as widely and equitably as possible, contributions towards the cost of the activity will generally be requested from the applicant's cost centre.
Where cost centres are setting up new projects they should make provision for associated training in their budgets. Conferences and workshops which are specific to particular projects should be funded directly by those projects. If a work area cannot provide all the funds necessary, staff members can apply to the Professional Staff Conference Scheme for assistance.
Who can apply?
The Professional Staff Conference Scheme is open to ALL PROFESSIONAL STAFF employed on a continuing or fixed-term basis. Staff may seek assistance for more than one conference, workshop or course in any 12 month period. However, the total funding allowable per person will be capped at the maximum per grant amount of $700 each calendar year.
Type and level of assistance provided
Successful applicants will receive a grant towards the cost of registration for an approved conference or workshop.
Successful applicants will generally receive the following level of assistance:
- the first $400 of the registration fee (excluding GST), and
- 50% of the difference between $400 and the registration fee up to a maximum registration fee of $1,000
- therefore, the level of assistance provided by the conference scheme is capped at $700 per grant application.
Travel and accommodation costs associated with the conference or workshop will not be covered by the scheme. Applicants should seek assistance for these costs from their cost centre.