Position classification and reviews

The pay levels are structured differently depending on the type of employment and position.

Academic staff

Academic staff have five classification levels (PDF, 61KB) ranging from A to E based on responsibilities and level of academic experience.

The classification level for a particular position is set when a position is created.

If an academic wishes to progress to the next classification level, it is up to them to apply for an academic promotion. As a supervisor you may be asked to provide a referee report.

Professional staff

Professional staff have 10 Higher Education Worker (HEW) levels (PDF, 232KB) ranging from HEW 1 to 10. These levels are based on qualifications, task level and responsibilities and are mapped across the Australian higher education sector.

The classification level for a particular position is set when the position is created to reflect the work required and duties and responsibilities.

Each position should be reviewed yearly to ensure there has not been a change in duties and responsibility. This should be done by the manager in conjunction with the PRD process.

If it is found that the duties and responsibilities have changed, the manager can request a classification review. To request a review please complete the application form (DOC, 151KB).

For more information about the review please see:

If you do not agree with the outcome you can request another review (DOC, 163KB).  For more information about this process please see the process flowchart (PDF, 237KB).


Teachers are classified as either teachers or head teachers. A staff member's starting point and progression are determined on the basis of qualifications and experience.

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