Professional staff career development program

The Professional Staff Career Development Program supports professional employees in their continued workplace development within the University and is available for approved professional development activities. The program operates in addition to and supplements programs already offered by SCU through the Professional Learning Calendar, and other SCU work units.

The program supports professional development activities, identified through the annual performance management and career development process, which align with University goals and priorities and will be of mutual benefit to the employee and the University.

Applications will be assessed on merit with consideration being given to the quality and value of the proposed development activity, as well as the relevance of the activity to the employee’s current and proposed career path.

The University will endeavour to distribute available funds equitably across all HEW levels on an annual basis.

Applications are strongly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and from employees at HEW 4 and below.

Assistance available

Up to a maximum of $5,000 per successful application is available and includes reasonable associated travel and accommodation. Awarded funds must be spent within 12 months.

Funds will be allocated through an annual application process facilitated through HR Services.

Where the cost of the activity or program exceeds the $5,000 limit, employees may be required to contribute to the cost of their participation.


Continuing and fixed-term professional employees (HEW 1 – 10) with at least 12 months service and two years remaining within an existing contract as at the closing date of applications are eligible to apply.

A limit of one successful application per employee every three years applies.

Group, team and retrospective applications will not be considered.

Application requirements

Career Development Program Application is to be completed by the employee and their supervisor and submitted when the annual call for applications is made each year.

The employee’s most recent PRP plan is to be attached to their application.

Eligible development activities

Eligible development activities include professional development courses, programs and workshops offered by professional institutions or accredited private providers that provide a clear, demonstrable and relevant outcome and cost benefit. Mentoring programs and placements in industry or external organisations will also be considered.

Tertiary courses leading to formal qualifications are supported through other policies and programs and do not form part of this scheme. In addition, non-award units supported through the Study Assistance Policy will not qualify for additional support through this scheme.


HR Services will call for applications in March each year, in conjunction with Professional Staff Rewards Program, and following the annual performance review process.

Applications will be considered by a Committee consisting of:

  • Director, Human Resources (Chair)
  • One Head of Work Unit
  • One Team Leader
  • One HR Manager.

In considering applications, the level of contribution already provided to the employee in the previous three year period will be assessed (including paid study leave, study assistance, external and internal training or development programs completed).

The Committee will also review each employee’s PMDR and take into account their supervisor’s feedback regarding performance.

Where an employee’s application is not approved, they will be provided with feedback regarding the Committee’s decision and will be eligible to apply for financial support in the following year’s program.

All assistance provided through the Professional Staff Career Development Program will be centrally recorded.

The University will report to the Joint Consultative Forum annually on the number of applications supported in the previous calendar year by type of support and HEW level.