Status and Details

Status and Details

This page contains information about the status, approval and implementation of this document, contact details for the relevant Unit Head and document author and, on the right, a brief summary of changes between this and the previous version.

Academic Staff Probation Policy

Status Current
Effective Date 24th May 2014
Review Date 30th June 2017
Approval Authority Vice-Chancellor
Approval Date 24th May 2014
Expiry Date Not Applicable
Unit Head Jennie Anderson
Director, HR Partnerships
+61 2 63384615
Author Malcolm Wilson
Director, Workplace Relations and Policy
Enquiries Contact Division of Human Resources
+61 2 63384884

Summary of Changes from Previous Version

June 2019 - all references to the 'Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry)' position and division updated to 'Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Engagement)', to align with current structure.


November 2018 - all references to the 'Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)' position and division updated to 'Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)', to align with current structure.


This is the first version of this document to be published in the CSU Policy Library. For all intents and purposes, this version is reflective of the existing version that was published in the relevant manual (academic or administration) at the time the CSU Policy Library was launched. The document has been subjected to reformatting, including the application of a new numbering system and title.



The following information details the history of changes to the document prior to its publication via the CSU Policy Library:



27/8/2007 - “Termination” replaced by “annulment”. Sub-clause 3.1a - “Code of Conduct” replaced by “Generic Responsibilities of CSU Staff”. 4.3 – supervisor for Level D employees is Head of School and not Dean; supervisor for research staff is Centre Director, and PVC for Centre Directors. 5.1a & 5.4a - “proforma” replaced by portfolio template. 5.3b - Centre Director added. 5.3 & 5.4c- PVC added.

6.2.1 - “normal serve a period” replaced by “maximum length of the probation period”. 6.2.2 - 18 months’ probation replaced by 24 months or, in exceptional circumstances, 12 months. 8.1 - “criteria” replaced by “requirements and any special conditions”; “policy as amended from time to time” added. 8.2d - Generic Responsibilities added. 8.3- 8.5 - “other than research only” added. 9.1 - first probation meeting with supervisor added; 3 reviews replaced by 2 reviews; 2 reviews replaced by 1 review for 18 months’ probation. 9.3 - supervisor added.

9.5 - position titles replaced by “recommending officer” or “approving officer”.

6/12/2007 - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Graduate Training) replaced by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). 5.2, 5.3 & 9.3 - 6 month meeting changed to 5 month meeting. 5.4 - DVC (Research) responsible for approving confirmation of appointment for level A-C research only employees. 5.5 - DVC (Academic) responsible for approving confirmation of appointment for level A-C teaching/research and teaching/professional employees.

5/6/2009 - Sub-clause 5.1b - HR to provide Executive Officer on request. 8.3-8.5 - Director, Centre for Enhancing Learning and Teaching (CELT) replaced by Executive Director, Learning and Teaching Services. 8.4-8.5 - Tertiary Teaching Colloquium replaced by EEL409.

6/8/2012 - Dean replaced by Executive Dean.