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Performance Management policy

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Policy is effective from 5 September 2017.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(2) This Policy enables the University to effectively manage the performance of its staff.

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Section 3 - Scope

(3) This Policy applies to all staff of the University.

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Section 4 - Policy

(4) Performance management enables staff to contribute to the achievement of University goals and their own career development goals.

(5) The University's performance management system will:

  1. provide managers and staff with a formal performance management framework and processes, however, all of these processes require and encourage managers to have regular informal meetings with their staff to provide feedback, review and acknowledgement of staff
  2. provide clarity of roles and responsibilities including through the use of managers setting probationary objectives, the DeakinAchieve – My Performance and Development Program process (see Performance Planning and Review procedure), position descriptions and more general induction processes
  3. assist staff to contribute to the achievement of the University's strategic goals and to organisational area plans
  4. support staff in identifying and achieving their development goals
  5. enable clear individual performance objectives and standards that are agreed, where possible, between the manager and staff member
  6. provide regular opportunities for staff appraisal and feedback from managers based on performance objectives and standards
  7. provide ways of recognising and rewarding high-performing staff, including the reward mechanisms identified in the University's Reward and Recognition policy
  8. apply Deakin’s equal opportunity and diversity principles, including the Principles for Assessing Achievement Relative to Opportunity
  9. provide a framework for identifying and handling unsatisfactory performance, including the withholding of increments (see Salaries Procedure) or disciplinary action (see Staff Discipline policy).

(6) On appointment, staff will normally be required to serve a period of a probation in accordance with the Deakin University Enterprise Agreement 2017 or their contract of employment.

(7) Staff and managers are required to participate in the University's DeakinAchieve – My Performance and Development Program process (see Performance Planning and Review procedure), except for casual staff members whose engagement is expected to be for a period of less than 12 months.

(8) New supervisors will undertake DeakinAchieve training within the first six months of their appointment. Current supervisors must undertake DeakinAchieve refresher training every three years.

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Section 5 - Procedure

(9) The following Procedures document how to comply with this Policy:

  1. Performance Planning and Review procedure
  2. Probation (Academic Staff) procedure
  3. Probation (Professional Staff) procedure.
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Section 6 - Definitions

(10) There are no definitions arising under this Policy.