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This policy document is currently under review to reflect The Australian National University Enterprise Agreement 2023-2026, which came into effect on 5 December 2023. Until this has been reviewed, the new Enterprise Agreement will take precedence over the provisions outlined in this document.

Policy: Career development


To establish the principles for career development.


The University is committed to providing support to staff to enhance skills and knowledge to enable them to contribute towards the fulfilment of the University's mission and strategic goals. This includes support for development to meet mandatory programs to achieve accreditation when required.


This Policy applies across the University.

Policy Statement

  1. The University enables staff to perform at their best, and strives to do this within a culture of continuing evaluation of performance and improvement through the following mechanisms:
  • establishing clear performance objectives through a Performance and Development Review (PDR);
  • supporting staff through appropriate development and career planning;
  • providing staff with career opportunities within the University through appropriate development; and
  • developing managers and supervisors to assist them in carrying out their leadership responsibilities effectively.
  1. The responsibility for staff development lies jointly with the individual staff member and the University, through supervisors and managers.
  2. Through the breadth of opportunities it has available, the University develops the capability of individuals in their discipline specific role (e.g. physicist, anthropologist, electronics engineer and finance consultant), role category (e.g. research, teaching, support) and University role (supervisor/ manager, staff member).
  3. Staff and managers need to consider the wide range of development opportunities available to enhance their development. For example, formal award courses, in-house training programs, on-line training, on-the-job training, workshops, online and library based reading material.
  4. The University acknowledges that Indigenous Australians have suffered injustices in the past. Such injustice has created disadvantage in both educational and employment opportunity/access for Indigenous Australians. In addition, this disadvantage has led to poor social and health outcomes for Indigenous communities. In order to overcome this disadvantage, the University is committed to ensure this policy is applied in such a way that maximises career development opportunities and ensures a culturally sensitive employment experience for our Indigenous staff.
  5. Access to staff development events, financial support and study leave is balanced with the operational requirements of the area.


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Title Career development
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_000381
Purpose To establish the principles for career development.
Audience Staff
Category Administrative
Topic/ SubTopic Staff
Effective Date 21 Apr 2017
Next Review Date 30 Jun 2024
Responsible Officer: Chief People Officer
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area Human Resources Division
Authority: The Australian National University Enterprise Agreement 2023-2026
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