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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 seeks to enable staff to perform at their best through the creation of an environment which develops and supports individuals to achieve their work goals, reach their career potential and maximise their individual contribution to the University through:
  1. establishing clear performance objectives and workload allocations;
  2. supporting staff through appropriate opportunity, development and career planning;
  3. access to apply to staff grants and funding to support identified career development priorities or cohorts of staff;
  4. providing staff with career opportunities within the University; and
  5. developing supervisors to assist them in carrying out their management and leadership responsibilities effectively.
  1. The responsibility for staff development lies jointly with the individual staff member and their manager.
  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 is committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce. The University strives to ensure equality in access to career development opportunities for women, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with disability and people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. The University may at times undertake specific initiatives to increase equity in leadership roles by offering targeted career development programs to those from underrepresented backgrounds. Dedicated funding is available to support the growth of University career pathways for prospective Indigenous staff.
  5. Access to staff development events, financial support and study leave is balanced with the operational requirements of the area.


Printable version (PDF)
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 9 May 2024
Next Review Date 4 Dec 2026
Responsible Officer: Chief People Officer
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area People and Culture Division
Authority: The Australian National University Enterprise Agreement 2023-2026
Delegations 0

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