Staff Central and ESS

Staff Central and Employee Self Service (ESS) are the two human resources technology platforms used to manage and maintain employee information. From February 2015, RMIT will incrementally transition all functions from ESS to Staff Central.

Staff Central 2015 Workplans

In February 2015, Workplans will move from ESS to Staff Central. Staff Central Workplans feature:

  • Same sign on with your RMIT network login
  • Access from RMIT’s main browsers
  • Easier navigation and tracking of the workplanning process
  • An audit log so you can always see previous versions your workplan
  • A spell check
  • Clear and simple email notifications
  • Manager dashboard and analytics
  • Objective library.

Visit Workplanning for more on Staff Central Workplans including information sessions, drop-in labs, on-line tutorials and reference guides.

Employee Self Service (ESS)

Employee Self Service (ESS) provides access to view, and in some cases update staff data in the University’s SAP system.

Common activities performed on ESS include:

  • Accessing your group certificates
  • Displaying and changing your emergency contact and mailing address information
  • Displaying any objects on load to you from the University
  • Displaying your bank details
  • Displaying your professional development activities
  • Displaying your professional qualifications

Any changes you make in ESS will update your record immediately.

For password changes and technical queries/support contact the Service and Support Centre.

ESS recommended browsers

To optimise your experience on campus, we recommend you access ESS using one of the following supported web browsers:

Windows XP

Windows 7

Windows 8

Windows 8.1

Recommended browser

Internet Explorer 7 & 8

Internet Explorer 9 & 10 or mySoftware/myDesktop

Internet Explorer 10 or mySoftware/myDesktop

myDesktop IE9

Apple Mac OS

Apple Mac OS 10.6/10.7

Apple Mac OS 10.8


myDesktop IE9

myDesktop IE9

myDesktop IE9

All other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari are not supported.

Adobe Flash, Version 10 or higher is required. Click here to identify the version of Flash currently installed on your computer and contact the Service and Support Centre to upgrade (if required).

ESS for Windows 7/XP/Mac users

Follow these instructions (open in new window) to open ESS via an alternative application called mySoftware. mySoftware is the application used for a virtual desktop environment, which provides access to ESS via the most compatible browser.


The Citrix Receiver has to be version 11.8.1 or above to operate successfully on a Mac. Check if your version is up to date (PDF 123kb, p1).

Direct access to mySoftware is only available on RMIT network. When off-campus please use myDesktop to access mySoftware.

ESS quick reference guides

Access password and sign off information

ESS portal quick reference guide (PDF, 85.9 kb, 3p)

ESS portal quick reference guide for casuals (PDF, 815 kb, 4p)

Safey Suite quick reference guide (DOC, 75 kb, 4p)

ESS leave approval quick reference guide (PDF, 172 kb, 3p)

ESS leave approval browser notes (PDF, 36 kb, 1p)

ESS using Internet Explorer 9 notes (DOC, 26.5 kb, 1p)

Viewing your performance workplans (PDF, 552 kb, 2p)

Performance workplan guide for managers (PDF, 2.22 mb, 15p)