Approach to career development
"The University’s future is directly linked to the contributions of its staff” (Our People Plan). This criticality of staff to the University’s future is highlighted by support for all continuing and fixed-term academic staff on appointments of 12 months or more, engaging in regular and meaningful conversations with their supervisors.
At a minimum, these conversations are to include: review and revision of the current periods plan, clarification where required as to role expectations, discussion of potential development opportunities and career planning. The annual Academic Staff Career and Development (ASCD) review is both the culmination of these discussions across the previous year and the basis for discussions moving into the new year.
The primary objectives of the Academic Staff Career Development framework are to:
- Support the continued high performance of staff through regular discussions with their supervisors and to plan for career success and professional development;
- Review progress towards previously established objectives and outcomes and set future relevant objectives and outcomes; and
- Review and assign an appropriate work allocation profile.
What's new in 2019?
In 2019, academic staff and managers will be invited to complete a Word template version of either the following forms:
All staff will be emailed the template ahead of the round opening in October 2019.
Staff and managers will complete the required sections and attach this form to the online system which has been simplified from that used in 2018.
Who completes an academic review?
|All staff employed by the University on a continuing or fixed term basis, including part-time appointments of 12 months or more.|
When do I submit my document?
By 15 November 2019, your draft ASCD/AMRP form should be uploaded to the system via the Portal > My Staff Page > Performance and Careers > My Performance Review.
The following documents support a forward-looking performance framework intended to encourage and enable high performance:
The following resources will assist you to gather evidence:
The following resources will assist you in using the online system:
What do I need to consider?
To complete the ASCD/AMRP, you will need to consider and document the following:
How to get the most out of the career development conversation
The approach to ASCD and AMRP focuses on increased, regular opportunities to discuss career objectives and outcomes, supporting staff career growth whilst building/increasing capability.
Engaging in frequent and meaningful conversations about performance expectations and regularly discussing your career plan will help you to gain the most out of the ASCD. You should aim to have regular informal check-ins with your supervisor throughout the year. The ASCD/AMRP form (and documentation collated for the annual discussion, as requested) provides a basis to review progress against agreed expectations and discuss longer term career plans.
Learning and Development resources?
What is the ASCD annual cycle?
What if I am on probation?
The Academic Staff Probation and Confirmation Procedures requires probationary staff members to be considered for confirmation during the ASCD/AMRP annual review period.
Completing your Plan
After you have met with your Academic Supervisor and finalised the ASCD/AMRP, your supervisor will attach the form to the online system.
Upon completing the Acknowledgement step, the document will be available in the Historical Documents panel.
Policy and process related inquiries should be directed to your relevant HR Adviser, HR Advisory Services.
Advice and support on performance related issues should be directed to your relevant Senior HR Business Partner/Business Partner.
What’s new for Supervisors in 2019?
In 2019, academic staff and managers will be invited to complete a Word template version of either an ASCD or AMRP form which will be uploaded to the online system.
As the Academic Supervisor you will:
The staff member will then review the final form, click Acknowledge, and the process will be complete. The document will then be available in Historical Documents for both you and your staff member.
What’s new for Supervisors on the ASCD/AMRP form in 2019?
The Supervisor Comments boxes under each section have been consolidated into one box (called Final Comments) on the last page.
The Change to Work Profile section has been removed (see below for instructions).
What do I need to do?
How do I change my staff member’s Work Profile?
Where a change of work profile is recommended, approval by the Head of Element (if not the academic supervisor) will be required, and the new profile provided via email to your HR Adviser to update the system. The effective date of any change should coincide with the commencement of a new trimester.
What if the staff member I supervise is on probation?
The Academic Staff Probation and Confirmation Procedures require probationary staff members to be considered for confirmation during the ASCD/AMRP annual review period.
All academic staff with confirmation dates in 2020 should be considered in the 2019 ASCD/AMRP cycle.
Considering unsatisfactory performance?
|Where performance may be considered unsatisfactory, you should contact your HR Business Partner to discuss next steps|
How do I develop as an Academic Supervisor?
Academic Supervisors are encouraged to attend the workshops offered by People & Wellbeing. For further information, visit the Academic Supervisors Workshop page.
Refer to Resources list under Academic Staff for useful material. Other resources for Academic Supervisors: