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22. Probation

22.1 At the beginning of employment, an employee (excluding casuals), will serve a maximum probationary period as follows:

Employee classification Probationary period
Professional employees
6 months
English Language Teaching employees
12 months
Academic employees
up to 3 years

22.2 The probationary period may be shortened or waived having regard to the employee’s prior service, qualifications, experience and performance in their previous employment. Where the probationary period is either varied or waived, this will be stated in the employee’s letter of appointment.

22.3 If during the probationary period an employee is granted any periods of leave totalling more than twenty (20) days (including periods of leave for maternity or illness/injury purposes but excluding annual leave), the initial probationary period will be suspended.  When the employee returns to work, the probationary period nominated above will resume and will normally be extended by the period of leave taken.

For a first fixed-term appointment of one (1) year or less in any classification, a maximum probationary period of three (3) months will apply. All other first fixed term appointments extending beyond one (1) year will be subject to a probationary period of normally one third of the fixed-term appointment. Any second or subsequent fixed-term appointment in the same classification level and/or in the same functional area will not contain a probationary period.

Where the University has determined that the employee has satisfactorily completed their probation, their employment will continue and the employee will be given confirmation in writing.