Human Resources

Academic appointments

This information covers the appointment of academic staff.

Term of appointment

Academic staff can be appointed for up to 1 year without advertisement. In exceptional circumstances a work area may, on approval of the Head of School, extend employment to a total of 2 years (including the initial appointment).

The following conditions apply to fixed term appointments 1 year or less:

  • probationary period of 3 months
  • eligible for membership of the UniSuper Accumulation 1 plan
  • no right to promotion or study leave provision, however, in the event of obtaining an appointment to which study leave applies the period of this appointment may be taken in to consideration
  • not convertible to tenurable or tenured appointments

Full-time equivalent

Subject to the needs of the school and University, and on the recommendation of the head of school and the formal approval of the Dean, appointments may be made on a part-time or shared basis.

Transfers to part-time appointments by academic staff may be made permanently or for specific periods. Tenurable/tenured part-time appointments may be converted to full time depending on the needs of the school.

Conditions for part-time appointments are similar to conditions for equivalent full-time appointments.

Where full-time members of academic staff wish to transfer to a part-time appointment, appropriate recognition will be given for prior full-time service at this University at the date of transfer. Members of staff wishing to obtain an indication of their credits on transfer for study leave and long service leave should contact Human Resources requesting details of the conditions of transfer and stipulating the proposed date of transfer.

Review period

In addition to the categories outlined above, appointments may be advertised as either:

  • subject to review (the review period being similar to a probationary period); or
  • not subject to review.

Annual review

All tenurable appointments will be subject to annual review. The review process is outlined in University Policy Probation and Confirmation (Academic Staff).