Enhancing Academic Workload Management

Academic workload models were introduced mainly to create open processes to ensure that academic work was allocated equitably amongst available academic staff members, in part to address concerns over escalating workplace stress.  There are now a range of models.

As a whole, the models have evolved to become integral to much of the operation of academic sections at an increasing number of universities.

The emerging trends include:

  • Alignment of models with performance management processes
  • Key factor in industrial relations negotiations
  • Use of the allocation of time as an incentive for performance, particularly in research
  • Development of University wide systems integrated with broader HR/Student/Research systems.
  • Use of models to improve productivity in relation to teaching.
  • Use of models as costing tools

Besides the existential question of whether the models are even needed, there are pertinent management questions such as:

  • whether any models are effective,
  • whether any are efficient, and particularly
  • whether any really improve productivity;
  • Has the capacity of the University or academic section to allocate work fairly and efficiently been enhanced by the workload model used?
  • Has financial planning and reporting been enhanced through workload management systems?
  • What is the next step in the evolution of workload models, processes, and systems?


Academic Workload Management - Elizabeth Baré

Productivity in academia: Understanding, measuring and reporting - Kenneth Moore

Case study: Implementation at Faculty of Education - Associate Professor Alan Reid and Umang Mehta

A whole of institution perspective on academic workload allocation models - Emeritus Professor Janet Verbyla

Program Information

  • Who should attend?

    Human Resource leaders and managers in the tertiary education sector.

    Those with position titles similar to the list below are encouraged to attend:

    • HR Managers and Workplace Relations Managers
    • Heads of Department
    • School Managers
    • Faculty Managers
    • Academic or professional staff interested in measuring productivity
  • Learning Outcomes

    Participants who attend this program will be able to:

    • Understand the historic and current practice in relation to academic workload models
    • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to workload management
    • Learn and share information on people management issues relating to workloads
    • Receive an update on current industrial issues associated with workload management.
    • Learn and share information on implementation and costing issues associated with workload management
  • Fees and inclusions

    Program fee: $995.00AUD incl. GST

    Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be catered. Please indicate any dietary requirements during registration process.

    *Accommodation and travel costs associated with attending this workshop are not covered by the program fee.*

Enquiries and further information

Please direct any enquiries and expressions of interest to:

LH Martin Institute | Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education
E: martin-institute@unimelb.edu.au