The University of Western Australia
This policy defines the principles of the University's open and transparent recruitment process for managers and supervisors appointing employees through competitive selection.
"Approved Delegate" means a position granted authority to act on behalf of the Vice Chancellor with varied levels of authority in line with the University's Delegations.
"Close relative" means the relationship of parent and child, wife and husband, including de-facto relationships, same sex partners and siblings.
"Competitive Selection Process" means the determination of relative merit against selection criteria ensuring the best possible choice of applicant to fill a vacant position. Calls for expressions of interest do not constitute a competitive selection process.
"Employee" means a person employed by the University who has an ongoing, fixed term or casual contract under the terms of the Academic, General, Childcare and ELICOS Staff Agreements (as amended or replaced from time to time).
"Supervisor" means the person who is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the employee
"University" means The University of Western Australia.
Process Map: Overview of Recruitment Process
Process Map: Selection
Process Map: Appointment
A strategic priority of the University is to recruit the highest quality staff. A merit based selection process administered by Selection Committees is expected to maximise the potential for selecting the best person without unlawful discrimination.
This policy provides a common selection framework for the whole University, however the selection and recruitment of staff to fill vacant positions is the responsibility of individual work areas.
As soon as a person has accepted an offer of employment (either verbal or written) from a representative of the University, a contract of employment exists. It is therefore essential that while the work area will prepare a Selection Report which is to be signed by the Chair and panel members of the Selection Committee, it will be Human Resources' responsibility to make a formal offer to the successful applicant upon receipt of the Selection Report and Recommendation to Offer New Employment Contract Form.
A separate process exists for appointment to the University Executive and at the level of senior executive, Dean and Winthrop Professor. Recruitment is undertaken by the Senate Selection Committee, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. The selection process is co-ordinated by the Executive Support Manager.
In addition, the Fast Track Appointment process allows managers and supervisors to fast track the appointment of eligible employees up to two levels higher than their substantive classification. Fast Track Appointment provides an alternative appointment process to the standard competitive selection process.
The policy is supported by the following selection and appointment guides that detail the selection process and techniques to be used by the Selection Committees -
1.1 Selection criteria are essential to the selection process as they provide the basis on which a Selection Committee can assess the relative merit of applicants. The criteria ensures the assessment when shortlisting, interviewing and reference checking is made on the same basis for all applicants to a position. Applicants are assessed on their merit and the extent to which they meet or exceed defined selection criteria.
1.2 Selection criteria must be prepared for every vacant position.
1.2.1 Academic Staff
Selection criteria should be based on the University's Minimum Standards for Academic Levels (MSALs) detailed in Schedule F of the Academic Staff Agreement. They should include requirements related to teaching and research and be consistent with the MSALs appropriate to the level of the position.
Selection criteria will be prepared by the Head of School or equivalent and authorised by the Approved Delegate.
1.2.2 Professional Staff -
Selection criteria form part of the Position Description that must be created for a position to be classified and advertised. Selection criteria should be work-related and will normally cover the following four categories:
and must be authorised by the Approved Delegate.
The following position description templates are available for use.
2.1 To achieve the University's strategic priority to recruit the highest quality staff, vacancies will wherever possible be filled from a diverse field of applicants. The composition of the Selection Committee should reflect gender and cultural diversity.
2.2 A Selection Committee is established by the Chair (usually the vacant position's manager) and should comprise -
2.3 The Selection Committee must record key elements of the interviews and subsequent deliberations to ensure transparency of the decision making process and be capable of review.
3.1 Applicants are not required to submit a specific written statement addressing the selection criteria; however, applicants do need to demonstrate they have the required capabilities to meet the selection criteria of the position. Applicants are required to submit their resume and a covering letter to demonstrate they can meet the selection criteria. Applicants can choose to also submit a mini-statement with one or two specific examples or a full statement addressing each selection criterion.
3.2 Short listed applicants are assessed on their merit and the extent to which they meet or exceed defined selection criteria. Assessment is made on the basis of the written application, responses to behaviourally-based interview questions, performance in work tests and/or presentations and the information gained from referees and/or background checks.
4.1 Applications for positions are strictly confidential and access is restricted to those directly involved in the selection process and Human Resources staff.
4.2 Selection Committee members are required to sign the Statement of Confidentiality.
5.1 When a Working with Children Check or a National Police Clearance Certificate is required, ensure the applicant is advised at the interview that appointment to the position is subject to this requirement. If the applicant does not provide a copy at the time of interview, they are to apply for a Certificate in a timely manner when directed by the University.
5.2 For some positions a higher level of fitness is required when the duties involve manual tasks. If the selection committee identify that physical fitness to meet the inherent requirements of the position is required, contact the Manager of Injury Management and Wellbeing in UWA Safety and Health on ext. 2784.
5.3 In these situations the applicants should be asked to bring the pre-employment medical questionnaire (PEMQ) to the interview. After all other selection criteria have been applied the PEMQ should be viewed by the Chair only. Information on the PEMQ should then only be divulged to other panel members if there are any concerns. The panel can only rely on objective medical information and further assessment may be required to assess fitness for duty and avoid potential discrimination.
6.1 Employees applying for vacancies must supply all information relevant to their application as information on University personal files is not available to Selection Committees.
7.1 The employment of relatives is only acceptable when the appointment is made in line with this policy.
7.2 A member of staff should not take any direct part in the selection process for an appointment for which a family member is a candidate.
7.3 Prior approval must be sought from the Dean or Vice Chancellor where a staff member is required to directly supervise a relative.
8.1 There may be occasions when the preferred applicant for a position is currently receiving Workers' Compensation benefits and/or is being assisted by a rehabilitation agency.
8.2 In these circumstances, which may apply to internal and external applicants, the University may select one of the following options:
8.3 Applicants involved with a rehabilitation agency will generally advise the selection committee during the interview. If possible, the name of the agency and contact person should be obtained.
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Related Policies or legislation:
University Policy on : Advertising UP07/160
University Policy on: Fast Track Appointment (Professional Employees) UP08/2