Understanding Derivatives

Derivatives is a one-day workshop that will enable you to use the financial instruments known as derivatives to assist eligible organisations to minimise their financial risks.

The workshop combines class discussions with practical exercises, giving you the opportunity to apply the techniques you learn in a real-life context. The material is presented in an easy-to-understand manner and contextualised for the public sector.

Topics covered

  • The what, why and how of derivatives
  • Understanding hedging and speculation
  • Types of risk derivatives can manage: FX, interest rates and commodities
  • Type of derivatives: Forwards, options, interest rate and currency swaps
  • How derivatives can be used practically
  • QTC’s role with derivatives

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed to assist board members, chief executive officers, finance and treasury managers and staff responsible for financial risk management. No knowledge of the topics is assumed; participants with prior experience may find the workshop useful to refresh and extend their knowledge.

The QTC Education Program is only available to Queensland Public Sector Employees (this includes employees of the Queensland Government, Queensland government departments, local governments, statutory corporations, and other entities to the extent they have an association or are related to the State of Queensland) and QTC employees. By registering for a workshop or webinar, you acknowledge that you are a Queensland Public Sector Employee. QTC/UQ reserves the right to unenroll any person that is not a Queensland Public Sector Employee or QTC employee from any workshop or webinar in the Education Program. If you are unenrolled from a workshop or webinar you will be entitled to receive a full refund of any workshop fees paid.



At the completion of the workshop participants will be able to understand:

  • concepts such as hedging and speculation
  • the various ways to use derivatives, such as forwards, options and swaps
  • develop the right mix of derivatives to most effectively manage an organisation’s financial risk

Practical exercises

Participants will study real-life examples of how derivative products have been used to achieve desired risk management outcomes. Concepts such as hedging, leverage, adjusting financial risk profiles and speculation will be explored.

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Continuing professional development

Completion of QTC Education Program workshops may be recognised for the purpose of continuing professional development hours for members of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA), Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), Governance Institute of Australia, and other professional bodies and associations.

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"The hard-earned experiences of the public servant presenters offers the advantage of a learning experience tailored to the unique culture, challenges and practices of work within the public service."

Jared Johnson

A/ Senior Strategy & Risk Officer, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services