Policy Human Resources Academic Promotion Policy

Academic Promotion Policy

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To provide the policy framework that enables the University to recognise and reward staff members who have demonstrated and sustained achievement of academic or research endeavour.


This policy applies to academic and doctoral qualified research staff members who are covered by the James Cook University Enterprise Agreement 2016 (the Agreement). It does not apply to casual Academic staff members and short-term academic visitors.


Academic Staff Member is defined as a staff member (excluding casual academic staff members and short-term academic visitors) engaged to undertake teaching, research and related duties as envisaged in the Position Classification Standards for academic staff in Schedule 4 of the Agreement.


1. Merit

Promotion shall be on the basis of merit and consistent with equal employment opportunity principles. Achievements will be considered in the context of the applicant’s career path, relevant personal circumstances and opportunities which have been available.

While due consideration will be given to the applicant’s whole career (particularly in the case of applications for promotion to Professor) in assessing an application for promotion the Panel shall give primary consideration to the applicant’s achievements since being offered appointment (or promotion, as appropriate) to the designation currently held at the University.

2. Eligibility

Applicants will have a minimum of two years’ service at JCU at their current academic level to be eligible to apply for Academic Promotion.

The Chair of the Panel may approve an Academic staff member to apply for promotion without a minimum of two years of service to the University.

Staff members who have applied unsuccessfully for promotion in the previous year are ineligible to make application in the current year.

3.Date of effect

All promotions take effect from 1 January of the following year.

4. Appeals

An appeal will only be considered on the basis of procedural fairness as outlined in the Academic Promotion Procedure.

5. Delegation for approval

The Academic Promotions Panel shall make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor, who has delegated authority to approve academic promotions.

Related policy instruments

JCU Procedure for Academic Promotion

JCU Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Related documents and legislation

JCU Enterprise Agreement 2016 (PDF, 1370 KB)


Approval Details

Policy Sponsor

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources

Approval Authority

Human Resources Committee

Date for next review


Revision History

Approval date - the date the approval authority approved the establishment, amendment or disestablishment

Implementation Date - the date the policy was published in the Policy Library and is the date the policy takes effect


Approval date

Implementation date



18-1 21/05/2018Reference and link to new JCU Enterprise Agreement 2016 updated.Quality, Standards and Policy Officer
17-109/08/201710/08/2017A mid-year review of HR Policies in line with the HR Operational Plan Item, "deliver Policy Reviews; Fitness for Future Purpose". Deputy Director Human Resources



Administrative amendment: two links removed at request of Deputy Director, Human Resources

Quality, Standards and Policy Unit




Policy Sponsor amended to reflect Council approved Policy and Delegations Framework

Quality, Standards and Policy Unit




Policy established

Deputy Director Human Resources; Dean, College of Healthcare Sciences; Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Global Strategy and Engagement; Faculty Office Manager, Faculty Law Business & The Creative Arts


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