Online management systems


Ascender (formerly known as Alesco) is our staff management system. It stores information such as:

  • staff personal and job details
  • payroll
  • budgeting
  • leave processing
  • superannuation
  • executive salary packaging

Staff with significant administrative roles may need access to Ascender. To request access to Ascender, please complete the Ascender Access Request Form. Access to Ascender is through a short cut on your computers start menu.

Access to the reporting tool Extend is available by completing the Ascender Access Request Form. To login to Extend, click here.

For any enquiries please email the Human Resource Information Systems Team.

Managers can access statutory and ad hoc reports on the data stored in Alesco. To request a report please complete the request form (PDF, 1.07MB).


HRonline is a module of Ascender which provides secure access to data for staff and their supervisors. All current staff can access HRonline to manage their details, pay, timesheets and leave requests. Managers and supervisors use HRonline to approve leave requests and timesheets as well as New Hire appointments and extensions.

For help with approvals, team management,recruitment and timesheets etc in HRonline see the User Guides available here. 1.2MB).


OrgPlus is the University's desktop-based organisational charting and planning software.

FAQs are available here

More online tools

We also have a range of other systems that you may need as a manager. See our list in systems and tools.

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