Public and University holiday Friday 23 October

The usual AFL Grand Final eve public holiday on Friday 23 October will be a 'Thank you day' for all Victorians this year, in recognition of everyone's contribution to bringing the incidence of COVID-19 back to manageable levels after a long period of lockdown. Staff with leave already entered and approved in Themis on 25 September will have their record updated to deduct the additional day (or pro-rata for part time) from their leave balance. Staff with leave already entered and approved in Themis on 23 October will have their record updated and the equivalent leave credited back to their leave balance.

If staff wish to update or cancel your leave, go to Themis self-service by following these instructions.

Reminder - Register for MGSE Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training

This program is part of MGSE's commitment in our MGSE Divisional Indigenous Development Plan (DIDP) to advance Indigenous development, knowledge and wellbeing across all aspects of our work within MGSE and our broader community. This important program has been designed for all levels of experience, ensuring that all MGSE staff have a collective understanding, to support the development of cultural competencies and our capacity to support our practices in relation to decolonising education.

The online interactive workshops will run via Zoom and are open to both academic and professional staff.

Spaces are still available for the following dates:

  • Wednesday 4 November 12.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday 6 November 8.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 24 November 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Friday 27 November 12.30pm – 4.30pm


For any queries, please contact the People and Culture Team

Supporting you through redundancy

Dates/Times: 10am Tuesday 27 October  and 2pm Thursday 5 November


UniSuper is holding 'Supporting you through redundancy' seminars in October and November. This webcast is designed to help you understand some of the financial options available to help you protect your finances and lifestyle. For more information visit the Pandemic Reset Program page on the MGSE intranet or for any enquiries send an email to

Safely working from home

Here are some resources to keep staff safe while working from home.

Request office equipment from the worksite to your home

Ergonomic equipment, such as office chairs, monitors and keyboards can still be sent to your home address. Please fill in the form on ServiceNow. You can buy ergonomic equipment and claim a tax deduction from the ATO or for high risk cases we can purchase equipment for you.

Complete an Unplanned working from home self-assessment

Please complete the assessment, with photos from the side, and then email it to James Vassilopoulos, OHS Coordinator.

October is Safe Work month

Over the course of October, in line with WorkSafe's National Safety Month, the Health and Safety Services team has worked on a range of online presentations, activities and events that are currently running and will continue until the end of the month. Visit the National Safe Work Month events and register for one of the many events taking place.

Staff mental health training programs

Staff Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programs have resumed through online delivery and are now open for registration. The Blended Online MHFA Community course has been adapted from the two day Standard MHFA course and is an equivalent qualification that leads to accreditation as a MHFAider.

The course has two parts, a 5-7 hours e-learning component, delivered by MHFA Aus that can be completed at any time prior to the second component which comprises two CAPS run group sessions of 2.5 hours each.

Upcoming dates for the CAPS group sessions are:
5, 12, 16 and 23 November

A shorter 40 minute online program "Supporting Student Mental Health" is also available on CANVAS LMS. For more information contact Clare Kentmann on 8344 6927  or via email

Staff Development

Please note there is no cost for the following courses, all courses are offered virtually, please enrol via TrainME:

Training for Managers

  • Managing with Emotional Intelligence
    Dates: 1x90 min + 1x60 min virtual session on 1 December

Learn how to use emotional intelligence in both virtual and physical work settings as a powerful tool to positively impact teams and help maintain morale and wellbeing in difficult times.

  • Me, My Team and Change
    Dates: 2x1hr virtual seminar on 4, 6 and 18,19 November

Engages managers in understanding the psychology of change and transition and provides practical strategies to support individuals and teams.

  • Manager Essentials 
    Dates: 3x1hr virtual seminar 9-10 November

Training for all Staff

  • Navigating Change
    Dates: 2x1hr virtual seminar on 26, 27 October, 12 and 13 November

Provides practical strategies and builds understanding of the emotional and psychological transition needed to successfully manage self through change.

  • Managing my work 
    Dates: 3x1hr webinar, the next available sessions are on 30 November and 3, 8 December.

Designed to equip staff with tools for managing their work effectively through prioritisation and time management.

  • Responding with Resilience, Hope, Optimism and Efficacy
    Dates: 2x1 virtual seminar on 3 and 24 November

Builds understanding of psychological capital and provides strategies for building resilience.

  • Pride in Action Ally Training (pre-requisite completion of LGBTI+ Employee Awareness Briefing) the next session is on 9 December.
  • LGBTI+ Employee Awareness Briefings (2 hr webinar) the next session is on 12 November and 3 December.

For any enquiries contact:

TrainMe: Working from home safely and effectively

There is a now a new module ‘Working from home safely and effectively’ available on TrainME.

This module provides a range of information and resources to assist staff in working from home, from setting up home workspaces to practices to assist with well-being, connection, establishing habits and understanding expectations.

There is also a pdf link at the end of the module to capture all the resources referenced. To access the module go into TrainME>Learning Catalogue and search ‘Working from home’