Each level of planning adds further detail and informs the management of university-wide initiatives.

The ACU Planning Framework

The development, implementation, review and improvement of the framework and related services includes:

  • managing the process to develop the ACU Strategic Plan
  • implementing a framework to ensure the alignment of the University’s budget process, enrolment plan, and organisational unit, workforce and strategic planning cycle
  • monitoring and reporting the University’s performance and progress against the Strategic Plan.

Download the ACU Strategic Plan 2015-2020 (PDF file, 3.4MB) 

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Planning at ACU

The Planning Framework consists of the following elements:

ACU Strategic Plan: is guided by the University’s Mission, vision and values, and places ACU’s Catholic identity as the overarching goal which extends across four strategic goal pillars: academic profile; students, learning and teaching; research and corporate services.

Portfolio programs: position and communicate the principal strategies and priorities for each portfolio. The programs are reviewed annually to ensure currency and alignment with the strategic direction of the University.

Organisational unit plans: are annual plans that detail the projects and activities to be undertaken by each organisational unit. Whilst the plans will vary in content, they will detail individual strategies and targets/ milestones that respond directly to the portfolio programs.

Individual performance plans: are developed each year as part of the University’s annual performance review and planning process for staff. The objectives within each individual performance plan respond directly to the organisational unit plan.

Monitoring and Reporting

Monitoring and reporting the University’s performance and progress against the Strategic Plan.

  • traffic light report
  • quarterly report
  • mission-based compact


A range of resources have been developed to assist staff and students with the development of their planning documents.


Page last updated on 28/01/2020

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