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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: Workloads


To establish a framework for the management of staff workload in accordance with the ANU Enterprise Agreement.


This policy provides the guiding principles associated with workload allocation for employees of the University.


This policy applies to all staff at the University.

Policy statement

  1. The University will ensure that workload allocation and the supporting policy documents are governed by the principles of:
  • equity, transparency, sustainability, without risks to health and safety of staff;
  • enabling a balance between working life and family/social responsibilities;
  • enabling workload allocation monitoring via transparent and fair mechanisms through which a staff member can address issues and pursue grievances; and
  • a staff member's inability to meet unreasonable workloads does not constitute unsatisfactory performance.
  • The University values the knowledge and scholarship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff bring to the University, and recognises that agreed additional contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members to the advancement of Aboriginal knowledge and scholarship will form part of each staff member's workload, over and above their normal workload.
  • Each staff member's workload will be allocated in an equitable and transparent manner in consultation with the staff member, and be recorded in the performance and development review having regard to the:
  • organisational requirements of the local area;
  • staff member's level of appointment;
  • career and work goals established in the staff member's performance and development review; and
  • leave entitlements and the approved leave plans of the staff member.


Printable version (PDF)
Title Workloads
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_003607
Purpose To establish a framework for the management of staff workload.
Audience Staff, Prospective Staff, Staff-Professional
Category Administrative
Topic/ SubTopic Staff - Performance Expectations
Effective Date 23 Mar 2018
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
Delegations 0

Information generated and received by ANU staff in the course of conducting business on behalf of ANU is a record and should be captured by an authorised recordkeeping system. To learn more about University records and recordkeeping practice at ANU, see ANU recordkeeping and Policy: Records and archives management.

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