The Academic Workload Policy implements the relevant working arrangements for academic staff provisions of the ACU Staff Enterprise Agreement and outlines the university’s expectations of academic availability and academic work in the context of Academic Career Pathways (ACP). The policy supports the principles of equity, transparency and flexibility to ensure academic workloads are managed in the most effective way, benefitting both staff and the university.
On 1 January 2021 a revised Academic Workload Policy comes into effect following a formal review process, extensive stakeholder consultation and mutual agreement by the university and the union.
The Policy is used in association with the Research Performance Review and Plan (RPRP) Guidelines and online Template (link is to blank template only, if you have commenced an RPRP click here to return to the RPRP landing page where you are able to view/edit your submission) to implement the process for determining individual staff research workload allocation.
Supporting processes, such as the Academic Performance Review and Planning program, have been implemented to enable the planning and assessment of an individual’s work performance in the context of Academic Workload arrangements, and to ensure continuous improvement.
There may be times when it is not possible to provide additional work to an Academic Staff member who has the capacity and capability to take on additional work – i.e. the staff member is not able to be assigned a complete annual workload – resulting in them being under load.
It is important to clarify what is meant by under load – this normally occurs when a staff member is not able to be allocated a full annual workload allocation of 1595 hours.
The Consultation/Conversation Guide assists supervisors and Academic Staff by providing a range of options for consideration as well as information about the people management processes - how to prepare and approach the discussion, who is involved, options to explore, approval processes and how discussions and decisions are recorded and implemented.