All Academic staff, new to Flinders University, are required to participate in specific orientation and induction programs as stipulated in the University's Enterprise Agreement.

  1.  REQUIREMENTS

The mandatory training programs for academic staff, conducted by the Centre for University Teaching (CUT), are:
•   the Flinders Foundation of University Teaching Program (FFOUT), which is to be completed by all new academic staff;

and one or both of the following programs, which may need to be completed where an academic staff member will be supervising research higher degree students and/or involved in work integrated learning as part of their appointment:

•   the Postgraduate Research Supervision Program for all academic staff new to the supervision of higher degree research students; and/or

•   the Managing Work-Integrated Learning Workshop , for all new staff involved in supervising, leading and managing WIL including placements and non-placement (simulated) activities.  

Evidence of completion of the mandatory training programs (or, where appropriate, formal exemption) is a condition of confirmation of employment.

Exemptions from all or part of any of the above programs may be granted where the staff member has recent relevant experience and/or training (refer (3) below).

Failure to either complete or be granted exemption from mandatory training program(s) will be grounds for extension of the probationary period.

1.1   Continuing and convertible academic staff members are required to participate in and complete FFOUT and the other program(s) as appropriate, normally within the first year of employment.

Evidence of completion or exemption must be included with Form D - the documentation that is to be completed during the probationary period in order to apply for confirmation of employment.

1.2   Academic staff on fixed-term appointments greater than 12 months3 are required to participate in and complete FFOUT and the other program(s) as appropriate, normally within the probationary period.

Where the length of the probationary period is such that this is not practicable or achievable, the staff member should contact the Director, Centre for University Teaching, who will determine alternative arrangements.

Staff members will be required to provide to their supervisors evidence of completion/participation in the relevant program(s) for purposes of confirmation of employment at the end of the probationary period.

1.3   Academic staff on fixed-term appointments up to and including 12 months - completion of FFOUT and other relevant mandatory program(s) within the term of the appointment is a requirement of employment. Staff should contact the Director, Centre for University Teaching, who will determine the training required.

  2.  PROCESS

Refer to Guidelines detailed in the  Mandatory Induction Guidelines document.

  3.  OTHER INDUCTION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC STAFF

3.1  Academic Orientation Program

In addition to the above mandatory induction programs, all new academic staff are expected to attend the Academic Orientation Program also conducted by the Centre for University Teaching.

3.2   Other training requirements - such as Supervisor, and Occupational Health and Safety training etc., as referred to in the contract of employment - are outside the scope of these guidelines.  However, where other training requirements have been specified, staff and their supervisors should discuss and include these in the training plan referred to in 3.1 of the Mandatory Induction Guidelines document.