Performance Development and Management

Performance Development and Management (PDM) provides support to build the knowledge and skills of our people and performance. The success of our people is vital to the effective operation of the University and we depend on all members of staff to contribute their best. Performance management and development is about working in a way that will enable continuous performance improvement in line with the University’s direction, and will at the same time increase staff innovation and job satisfaction.

In line with the University’s Performance Management Policy and Enterprise and Collective Agreements, PDM training is compulsory for all supervisors responsible for conducting performance management. Nominated supervisors, yet to undertake training, will be contacted directly with further details.

A number of guides are available to assist supervisors and staff to determine and prioritise developmental needs. These include:

For further information about UniSA PDM Framework contact your local PTC team.

The following documents may also be useful for managing performance and development.

Supporting documents


Staff new to the University are subject to a period of probation. For academic positions, on commencement of employment with the University, staff members will be engaged on an initial probationary period of up to three (3) years. Professional staff probation varies for periods up to 12 months.  Please refer to the applicable industrial instrument for the principles on performance management and probation. Additional policies and procedures are also provided on this web site. If more information or clarification is required, please contact the People, Talent and Culture (PTC) Professional in your local area.