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Employee Performance Policy


1. Policy statement

The performance of all Department employees is managed and developed in accordance with the requirements of governing legislation, intended outcomes of the Department’s strategic directions and the specific role of each employee.

2. Policy rules

Line managers and principals will conduct performance management and development in accordance with the requirements of:

All employees will participate in a performance management process consistent with the Performance Management Standard and the Employee Performance Procedures.

Line managers and principals will manage substandard performance in accordance with section 79 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 for staff subject to that section of the Act, the common law for wages employees, and the Substandard Performance Procedures.

3. Responsibility for implementation and compliance

Line managers and principals are responsible for implementation of the policy.

The Executive Director Workforce is responsible for compliance monitoring.

4. Scope

This policy applies to all employees.

6. Definitions

The formal and informal continuous process of evaluating and supporting an employee’s performance in the workplace.

As defined by the Public Sector Commission:

“Outcome: The performance of all employees is fairly assessed to achieve the work- related requirements of the public sector body while paying proper regard to employee interests.

Standard: The minimum standard of merit, equity and probity is met for performance management if:

  • an employee is informed about how their performance will be managed and the results of their performance assessment;
  • a proper assessment of the employee’s performance takes into account both the work-related requirements of the job and identified employee interests; and
  • processes, decisions and actions are impartial, transparent and capable of review.”

8. Contact information

Policy manager:

Director, Workforce Policy and Coordination                                                                 

Policy contact officer:

Manager, Workforce Policy

T: (08) 9264 5040

9. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
21 July 2010 5 July 2012 1.2
Guidelines in section 4.2 amended to reflect changes to School Education Act Employees’ (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement as per D12/0372966, nomenclature throughout policy updated, definition of performance management updated.
28 September 2012 1.3
Changes to reflect the National Professional Standards for Teachers. Changes endorsed by Corporate Executive at meeting 7 September 2012.
28 September 2012 11 July 2013 1.3
Amendment of references to National Professional Standards for Teachers to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. D13/0098087 Amendment to references to documents as per D13/0222254.
28 September 2012 23 August 2013 1.3
Updated link to Australian Professional Standard for Teachers in Appendix A. D13/0394461
17 December 2013 1.4
Addition of procedure at section 4.2 and Appendix C. Changes endorsed by Corporate Executive 2 December 2013.
17 December 2013 19 December 2013 1.4
Addition of point about leave management to Appendix A, Section 3. D13/0666788
17 December 2013 27 February 2014 1.5
Minor change to formatting in Appendix C. D14/0061908
28 July 2014 1.6
Numerous changes throughout policy D14/0259580, D14/0323911 and D14/0369019.
28 July 2014 1.7
Appendix B updated to reflect v1.6 changes prior to policy taking effect.
28 July 2014 12 September 2014 1.8
Update to guidance re: professional development and career guidance in section 4.2. D14/0434228.
28 July 2014 1 December 2014 1.9
Minor changes to guidance and appendix C. D14/0527043.
15 March 2016 2.0
Major review undertaken and policy reformatted into policy and procedures. Endorsed by the Director General at Corporate Executive on 12 February 2016.
15 March 2016 25 May 2020 2.1
Minor changes to update broken links. D20/0260934

10. More information

Policy review date

15 March 2019

Policy last updated

25 May 2020