An update from Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Stephen Weller

Published: Monday 16th March 2015

Supporting performance and development through PRPs

The annual Performance Review and Planning (PRP) process provides support to staff and the University through the facilitation of feedback on work activities, participation and engagement at ACU. As part of the process, each staff member meets with their supervisor to reflect on and discuss their work performance and achievements. During the conversation, they also set performance, career and professional development goals and activities for the year ahead. The PRP process provides a framework to align the staff member's work and development with ACU's strategic objectives.

PRPs for professional staff are held during the first half of the year and are due by the end of June, with PRPs for academic staff following in the second half of the year and due by December. The annual PRP can help each of us to understand our contribution to supporting a culture of performance excellence at ACU through considering continuous improvements and planning for future needs.

For 2015, the University has set a PRP target to achieve a completion rate of 80 per cent for all staff across ACU. Last year, 64.1 per cent of professional staff completed a PRP. I encourage all professional staff and their supervisors to take advantage of one of the upcoming PRP information sessions to learn how you can make the most of your PRP and to understand what is involved in each stage of the process. The sessions offer valuable tips and hints on using the PRP pro-forma and on how to have an effective PRP conversation. Tailored information sessions for professional staff and their supervisors are available in March, April and May. Information sessions for Academic Staff will be offered from August.