Starting work at CDU

Induction and orientation

CDU welcomes all new staff members. This page is designed to ensure a smooth transition into your new job and working environment.

If you have any questions regarding your employment, please speak with your supervisor or contact your HR Business Partner.

Compulsory Courses

All new hires are required to complete the following courses during their first month of employment with CDU:


New Staff Orientation 

(click here to register)

13 February 2019

29 March 2019

Cross Cultural Workshop

(click here to register)

24 January 2019 

19 March 2019

1 May 2019

Ergonomics in the Workplace
2019 CDU Emergency Procedures
Equal Opportunity
Education Services for Overseas Student (ESOS) Legislative Framework

Consent Matters

Induction checklist

For new employee

Before you commence with the University:

  • Make sure that the Letter of Offer / Employment contract has been signed and returned to OPC-Client Services team
  • Confirm details of your first day of reporting with your immediate supervisor including time to report, where to park etc.

For supervisor

  • Contact the new employee, confirm receipt of the employment contract and ensure that it has been signed and returned by the staff member to OPC-Client Services team
  • Confirm starting date with the new staff member and inform them what time to arrive, where to park and where you will meet them
  • Inform through email other colleagues in the team about the new staff member’s arrival and role
  • Arrange for workstation / office set up (access to telephone, computer, printer, stationery supplies)
  • Arrange workplace induction plan
  • Nominate a buddy / induction partner within the team

Refer to Induction Guide for Supervisors at any time to assist you in planning your induction to your new staff member

For new employee

  • Have your immediate supervisor show you around  work areas and introduce you to immediate colleagues  in your unit
  • Set your personal workspace
  • Ask your supervisor for an overview of the functional area – its purpose, organizational structure, and goals
  • Partner with your supervisor to identify your initial assignments; the purpose of your work; how it fits into your department or school's overarching mission and goals; and how you can begin making immediate contributions
  • Review your job description, outline of duties, and expectations
  • Ask your supervisor for your log-in account details, your access to internet / intranet and email and telephone system (if applicable)
  • Request copy of the campus map and  tour around relevant facilities
  • Deliver any outstanding sign-on documentation to complete your formal sign-on with OPC
  • Meet with salaries personnel and discuss if your have any concerns about salary and allowances, benefits,  prior service or superannuation

For supervisor

  • Be there to greet the new employee when they arrive
  • Activate computer access through eCentre – if not done prior to commencement (eCentre is managed by ITMS)
  • Introduce them to other staff including where possible key personnel
  • Explain the organisational structure within the work unit
  • Specify hours of attendance/lunch breaks as applicable
  • Arrange allocation of area keys (where applicable)

Systems - Explain University/departmental systems including:

  • phone system, including voicemail
  • computer system, inc. email, relevant websites, calendar/meeting scheduler, share drives, records management system
  • system for obtaining stationery
  • eCentre – and the need to read compulsory CDU Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing - Complete the ‘First Day Requirements’ of the New Employee Induction Health and Safety Checklist which includes:

  • details of emergency actions
  • hazards and work related accident processes
  • personal protective equipment

Complete the New Employee Induction Health and Safety Checklist online.

Local Orientation - Take the new employee on an orientation walk to:

  • associated work areas including kitchen facilities, staff rooms, toilets etc.
  • library
  • food outlets, bank, etc.
  • car-parks (explain permits, free parking and voucher system)
  • IT Kiosk for photo ID/Access Card
  • for regional areas, email employees photo to OPC who will arrange and mail out ID/Access Card

For new employee

  • Read the compulsory CDU Policies, Procedures and Guidelines in eCentre
  • Have a discussion with supervisor to cover different aspects of the position (position profile, objectives, opportunities etc.)
  • Together with my Supervisor, complete the New Employee Induction Health and Safety Checklist.

For supervisor

Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing

Complete the ‘First Week Requirements’ of the New Employee Induction Health and Safety Checklist

Position details

Cover aspects of the position with the new staff member (formal meeting to identify work requirements)

  • discuss position profile, primary objectives, key responsibilities, major task/roles
  • discuss work unit and departmental meetings
  • outline performance expectations and performance feedback/review mechanism - PDRS
  • outline resources available including procedures manuals, documentations, major policies and procedures
  • outline research duties, expectations, opportunities and funding for research
  • set up a meeting with the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) to discuss research expectations
  • for Early Career Researchers assign and introduce school based research mentor
  • ensure contact has been made with the appropriate Liaison Librarian
  • explain course policies and procedures and university student policies
  • explain student evaluation of teaching procedures
  • ensure contact has been made with Office of Learning & Teaching (OLT) for Induction to Learning and Teaching at CDU and Learnline training (refer OLT website – HE and VET)
  • ensure employee knows who their OLT Developer is for contact and support
  • advise teaching staff that they require the following (if they do not already possess):
  • HE - Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (GCUTL) and how to enrol

Staff Development and Training

  • ensure staff have received access to online compulsory training: EO online, ergonomics, and fire safety
  • ensure staff have received invites to attend OPC Orientation and Cross Cultural Awareness workshops
  • explain staff development opportunities for professional development – AIM, OPC, or through area
  • advise employee of other professional development opportunities including: Conference Leave & International Conference Leave, Special Study and Study Reimbursement programs
  • Maintain regular contact with the new staff member during the first week
  • Towards the end of the first week review progress including progress with induction items

For new employee

For supervisor

  • Ensure staff have read the compulsory CDU Policies, Procedures and Guidelines through eCentre
  • Ensure staff have completed the compulsory online training, and attended OPC Orientation and Cross Culture workshops
  • Review progress with the employee and provide feedback – seek advice from OPC Client Services if necessary
  • Discuss probationary requirements
  • Complete the New employee induction supervisor's checklist.

For new employee

For supervisor

  • When appropriate, complete Probation requirements. Provide constructive feedback on performance to date. Refer to the Performance Development Review System (PDRS) process
  • Assign additional tasks, projects or assignments as necessary


At the end of first week, the new staff member is required to complete the New Employees Induction Health and Safety Checklist.

At the end of first month, the supervisor of the new staff member is required to complete the New Employees Supervisor's Checklist.