POLICY NO: HR-26.4
DATE OF APPROVAL: 18th June 2002, Council
AMENDMENTS: June 2006
Approved by Council 19 October 2006
Approved by Council 21 February 2008
Approved by Council 11 December 2012, Council resolution 2012/6/4
Director: Human Resources, November 2014
REFERENCE AUTHORITY: Executive Director: People,
Talent and Culture,
Senior Management Group
CROSS REFERENCES: University of South Australia
Academic and General Staff Enterprise Agreement 2014
Academic Promotion guidelines
Performance Development and Management Policy
Performance Development and Management Framework
The Academic Promotion Policy sets out the guiding principles that
underpin a fair and transparent academic promotion process.
The Academic Promotion Guidelines should be read in conjunction with
The policy applies to all academic staff employed at the University
of South Australia, whether full-time or part-time, continuing or
fixed-term, who seek promotion to:
- Level B
- Level C
- Level D
- Level E
The policy does not apply to casual or sessional staff.
Academic promotion at the University of South Australia is aligned
with the University's mission and strategic directions. The promotion
process acknowledges that individual staff members contribute to the
achievement of these objectives in diverse ways.
Academic promotion will be based on the following principles:
- Academic promotion recognises and rewards sustained academic
excellence in three areas of academic activity: teaching and
learning, research, and engagement. Promotion applications will be
assessed on the basis of the quality and impact of contributions in
these areas and evidence of leadership and its impact relevant to
the promotion level being sought.
- Applicants for promotion will have the flexibility to highlight
the strengths of their performance and build their case for
promotion by allocating a weighting to each area of contribution.
- Promotion will be on the basis of merit, relative to
- Continuing and fixed-term academic staff, whether full-time or
part-time, who meet the criteria for promotion are eligible to apply
for promotion. Normally, a staff member would make a single application
to the level above their current substantive level but it is
possible for a staff member to make separate applications to a
number of different levels in the same promotion round.
- The University will establish promotion panels to assess the
case made by individual applicants for promotion. In their decision
making, promotion panels will seek a balanced and confidential
assessment of an application for promotion from experts in the
- All materials and deliberations relating to academic promotion
applications will be treated in the strictest confidence by all
participants in the academic promotion process.
- Applicants who are unsuccessful can appeal only on the grounds
that due process was not followed.
- Equal opportunity, fairness and justice will apply to the
academic promotion process in line with university policy and state
and federal legislation.
The Executive Director: People, Talent and Culture will provide guidelines and information
sessions to aid the implementation of this policy.
Further information or assistance can be sought from: