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PDC50240 - Introduction to Cross Sector Partnering

Course Details

Course Summary

This online Short Course forms part of the Partnering Essentials™ partnering skills program designed by DIXON Partnering Solutions. 

The Introduction to Cross Sector Partnering course comprises of three (3) courses as follows:

  1. Why Partner?
  2. What is Partnering?
  3. How to Partner.

Why Partner? This course explores why cross sector partnering is being adopted across the world as organisations seek to solve complex issues and challenges through new ways of working. In a rapidly changing world, there is now a clear recognition that we need to work differently if we are to survive and prosper. We are now seeing business, government, education and community coming together in many forms of partnering and collaboration to achieve greater impact than they can by themselves. Cross sector partnering is one such approach.

What is Partnering? This course explores what we mean by cross sector partnering and unpacks the different type of partnering relationships that organisations can enter into. It also explores the value add that can be derived through these partnering relationships and assists with developing a common language around cross sector partnering.

How to Partner.  This course explores how to make cross sector partnering work. It presents various models and frameworks to assist you in how to work with other organisations and in navigating a path through this process. The course highlights the foundational principles that need to be in place to ensure successful partnering that delivers results and reinforces the need to build partnerships one step at a time.

The fee for this short course will be $215.00.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however, students enrolling in this course should work in organisations that are involved in working together with other organisations.

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • International
  • Domestic
Fees For detailed information on Course Fees, visit Short Course Fees
Application Mode
  • Other
How to Apply For direct access to the course, visit
Study Area
  • Business, Accounting and Law
Skill Area
  • Business Services

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

The Partnering Essentials™ online courses are designed for people at all levels within organisations who:

  • Are directly involved in working with other organisations or sectors
  • Are a partner in a cross sector partnering initiative
  • May be about to consider such a cross sector partnering approach
  • Are involved in a collective impact, shared value or impact investing initiative
  • May wish to gain a greater understanding of cross sector partnering – what it is, why we need it and how to make it work.

Undertaking this course enables students to meet their Continuing Professional Development obligations and industry update requirements in their profession. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a co-branded DIXON and CQUniversity Certificate of Completion.

Course Structures

Study Mode Definitions

  • Mixed Mode courses are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools and/or workshops.
  • Online courses are delivered using online resources only.
  • On-campus courses are delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching at CQUniversity campuses.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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Standard Course Structure

6 hours
  • Online
No units are associated with this course

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explore why cross sector partnering is being adopted globally, nationally and locally to tackle complex issues and challenges
  2. Describe what we mean by cross sector partnering, the different types of partnering relationships and the value that can be added
  3. Describe what it takes to partner effectively across the sectors, including key underlying principles, the critical components of cross sector partnering and the DIXON Partnering Process
  4. Outline how to get action and results from cross sector partnering
  5. Understand the importance of building a partnership step by step.


Online Quizzes

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