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Performance and staff development

The Organisational Capability Unit is committed to develop, promote and deliver learning and development activities that support the achievement of the University’s strategic objectives. As such, the unit is responsible for offering training opportunities to leaders and staff members.

Training sessions

The Organisational Capability Unit offers training sessions on a number of topics. Please enrol online to signify your interest as each topic would have limited number of slots. You will be notified thru email once your enrolment has been approved.

Download the 2017 OCU Course Offerings (PDF 139KB).

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If you require more information about the course, please contact the Organisational Capability through email at

Learning and development opportunities

To access forms relating to performance, promotion and staff development see the forms section on the navigation pane on the right hand side of this website.

The University is committed to developing and supporting high performing academic staff. Promotion of academic staff recognises and rewards sustained achievement and leadership that contributes to the attainment of the university's strategic priorities. To be successful, applicants for promotion must provide convincing evidence of meeting the University's standards, expectations and qualifications for the level to which promotion is sought.

Applications for promotion are accepted from academic staff within both the Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training sectors who are covered by the current Charles Darwin University Enterprise Agreement (this process is not open to casual staff members and/or short-term academic visitors). Applicants for promotions are expected to have held a position at the University for a minimum period of 18 months prior to seeking promotion and are advised to consult with their Head of School as early as possible before preparing an application. Re-applying applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss the timing of their next application with their Head of School.

A call for applications will go out once every year around May, with supporting activities commencing around the same time. Applications remain open for approximately 2 months, usually closing around the end of July.

All applications and queries are to be forwarded to:

Ms Leonie Hume
Secretary of Academic Promotions
Ext. 6944

Visit the Performance and Staff Development Forms page for forms and documentation relating to the Academic Promotion process.

The University is committed to the continuing education and professional development of staff. aims to provide high quality online training that people actually want to learn. users tend to learn more, retain more, and thus increase competency, improve skills, and achieve better learning outcomes.

All courses are delivered by experts rather than narrators. Many trainers are nationally recognised authors, and courses provide detailed biographical information about the expert providing the training.

Each of's more than 2,700 courses is broken into chapters, and each chapter is broken into mini video tutorials, with some only a few minutes long.

Approval for study time to undertake courses during working hours is to be negotiated with your relevant Manager/Supevisor. can be accessed externally to allow you to continue with your studies in your own time.

To access select the button from the menu on the right hand side of this page.

For assistance or enquiries related to online courses through please contact the Staff Orientation Consultant on 08 8946 6934 or email

CDU short courses offer professional 1 and 2 day courses both in Alice Springs and Darwin. They also tailor group delivery for CDU regional staff on request. The courses offer a practical, hands-on dimension to the ongoing training needs of CDU staff. These courses are a great tool for Managers and Team Leaders to use when using the Performance Development Review System for staff. A 30% discount applies for CDU staff. Visit short courses or contact Christine Cleary, Short Courses Coordinator on 8946 6065.

Clause 61 of the CDU & Union Enterprise Agreement 2013 provides for a register to be established for general staff to express their interest in temporary employment and secondment opportunities elsewhere in the University. 

To enable staff to express their interest in working in other areas of the University select the
'General Staff Mobility' button from the main menu on the HRS website and follow the instructions on that page to register.

The Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (GCUTL) focuses on the professional development of academic staff with particular focus on teaching and learning.

The course is run jointly by the School of Education and the Office of Learning and Teaching.

The GCUTL course structure and study plan is located in the CDU course catalogue.

Note: GCUTL is administered by the Organisational Capability Unit in OPC. For further enquiries please email:

International conference funding provides support for staff members to deliver a major paper every two years. The level of support is limited to a portion of total travel costs, depending on the available funding, but up to a maximum of $1500. Remaining costs may be met by the Faculty/Area or by the staff member personally.

For assistance or enquiries related to International Conference Funding please contact HRS Reception: 08 8946 6904 email

All staff (excluding casual staff and staff with a contract of less than one year) need a PDRS conversation with their supervisor by 31 March of the year following their commencement date and every year after that by 31 March.

Once a discussion has been held, and the PDRS Planning form is signed off by both parties, the supervisor should then go to ePDRS to confirm that the PDRS has been completed. This information is then recorded to give an up-to-date record of who has completed their PDRS and who hasn’t.

Meetings between employees and Supervisors in relation to PDRS should normally occur at least twice each calendar year. One of these meetings will focus on progress towards goals. The PDRS Review form can be used for this purpose.


ePDRS is a tool for Supervisors to confirm that they have completed a PDRS conversation for each of their staff (excluding casual staff).

Reports from ePDRS are given to executive management to confirm that a review has taken place.

For assistance or enquiries relating to PDRS and ePDRS please contact HRS Reception:
(08) 8946 6904 or email

The University is committed to providing targeted, continuing, professional development opportunities for its staff. To support and facilitate this commitment, the University provides staff with the ability to apply for Special Study Programs (SSP).

For assistance or enquiries related to Special Study Programs please contact:

Please Note: The Staff Special Reimbursement Scheme (SSRS) will be closed to new applicants during 2018. The SSRS program has reached its budget threshold, and will therefore only be available to those staff who have been previously approved, and who actively undertook study in their approved course during 2017. If you wish to discuss other development opportunities, please email Organisational Capability on:

This scheme provides financial assistance to staff members who successfully complete Higher Education (HE) or Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses/units related to their current or prospective employment within the University.

Staff members must complete the SSRS Application form prior to enrolment of the proposed study and submit to HRS for approval. Staff members will be advised via email with a copy to the supervisor of the outcome of the application. If approval is granted the staff member may enrol.

Reimbursement is only granted if the application is approved prior to enrolment, and on successful completion of the study when the staff member completes the SSRS Claim for Reimbursement form.

Claims for reimbursement must be completed and submitted to HRS by 31 July or 31 December following the successful completion of unit of study. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

For assistance or enquiries related to Staff Study Reimbursement Scheme contact HRS Reception
08 8946 6904 or email

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