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Infomation for Staff


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Probation as per the CDU and Union Enterprise Agreement 2013

Reference: cl. 30 Probationary Employment Period; specifically cl. 30.5 and 30.6, Charles Darwin University and Union Enterprise Agreement 2013:

30.5    All staff employed by the University (with the exception of casual staff) will be required to complete a probationary employment period (continuous service) unless otherwise notified in writing.  Staff entering into a second or subsequent contract for the same role will not normally have to serve a second probationary employment period unless the initial period was less than that required of a ongoing probationary staff member. 

30.6    The following periods of probation apply to all employees:

  • General staff appointed as ongoing: six (6) months
  • General staff up to and including HEW 5: three (3) months
  • Research Active and Research Academic Staff level B and above: three (3) years
  • Teaching Focused Academic Staff and all level A staff: two (2) years

An employee engaged on a fixed term contract (FTC), who is subsequently appointed to an ongoing position, shall be deemed to have all time employed under the contract count as time under the new probationary employment period. That is, when the new offer of ongoing employment is made, any time served under a FTC shall count toward the probationary employment period under any new employment arrangement. This arrangement does not apply to staff moving between employment groups such as general to teaching or VET to Higher Education (other than Teaching Focused Academic Staff in a VET/HEd move). 

The Staff Probationary Report should be used to document the probationary employment period.

For assistance or enquiries related to probation please contact the Recruitment team on 08 8946 6284 or email

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