Applicants for academic promotion from level A to level B instruction

Instruction statement

This instruction details the process for academic promotion from level A to B for academic staff employed on a continuing or fixed term basis.



Instruction steps and actions

Intent and objectives

Academic staff at Level A eligible for promotion can apply to their Head of School (HOS) upon completion of a doctoral qualification, or equivalent qualification and/or experience. Promotion from level A to B does not require applicants to submit a full application for promotion via the annual Academic Staff Promotion round.

Where the promotion is endorsed in the first six months of the year, the promotion will take effect from 1 July of that year; where it is endorsed in the second six months of the year, it will take effect from 1 January in the following year.

Full details about the Academic Staff Promotion Scheme including policy and procedure documents can be found at the Academic staff promotion page.

Initial preparation

It is recommended that you:

  • Familiarise yourself with the policy and procedure documents
  • Meet with your Head of School and Supervisor to discuss your application for promotion to Level B, your eligibility and perceived grounds for promotion (especially equivalent accreditation and standing)


Applicant has:

  • 12 months continuous service at RMIT
  • Completed probation at RMIT
  • A completed doctoral qualification or has equivalent accreditation and standing (thereby meeting University skill base and formal qualification requirements)

Reapplication for promotion in the year immediately following an unsuccessful application requires approval of the relevant Academic PVC. It is important to consider this when assessing your case for promotion.

University skill base and formal qualification requirements

Level A to B

Applicants will normally have qualifications and/or experience recognised by the University as appropriate for the relevant discipline area. A position at this level will require a doctoral qualification or equivalent accreditation and standing. In determining equivalent accreditation and standing, regard is had to teaching experience, experience in research, experience outside tertiary education, creative achievement, professional contributions and / or technical achievement.

Equivalent Accreditation

Applicants seeking to establish equivalency need to submit an application to their HOS and a case (not exceeding two pages – 11 point type) which substantiates equivalence.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

a) contributions which enhance their standing in their respective field, and

b) a substantial track record in research and/or creative activity at an advanced level

Examples of evidence may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Professional qualifications and contribution to profession
  • Teaching experience, including implementation of the Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • Experience in research, including collaborative work with other RMIT staff in research programs
  • Experience outside tertiary education in industry, business or government employment
  • Creative achievement
  • Professional contributions
  • Leadership in local, state or national advisory bodies or community organisations
  • Technical achievement
  • Publications, presentations or work in progress that indicate a contribution to the area of expertise

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