Academic Staff Qualification Equivalence

Students are entitled to expect that they are being taught by a staff member who is knowledgeable and skilled in the particular field of study at a more advanced level than the level of the course being taught, and that the expertise of the teaching staff has been clearly established through an assessment of formal academic qualifications, equivalent professional experience or a combination of both.

To achieve this we will ensure:

  1. that each academic staff member holds the required level of qualification, or equivalent to:
    • Teach and assess in a coursework subject and/or supervise students’ research in the courses in which the staff member performs these activities,
    • Be appointed on a continuing or fixed-term basis at an academic level, and/or
    • Be promoted to a higher academic level.
  2. external examiners of students’ work submitted for research component subjects hold the required level of qualification or equivalent.

The Qualifications and Expectations Procedure provides a framework for academic qualification requirements and where appropriate for assessment of qualification equivalency:

  • To teach and assess in coursework courses
  • To supervise and examine in levels of higher degree by research courses, and
  • For appointment and promotion

Qualification Requirements

  • Teaching and Assessing in Coursework Courses

    Casual academic (sessional), fixed-term and continuing staff who teach or assess students in any coursework subject (including subjects offered by third parties, must have:

    1. A qualification in the same discipline as the subject or a closely related discipline, which is one Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level higher than the award to which the course leads, or
    2. A combination of qualification(s) with experience and achievements that have been assessed as equivalent to the above.

    Where a course leads to more than one qualification at different levels, the highest qualification defines the level of the course.

    Exceptions

    Qualification requirements do not apply to:

    • Guest lecturers, teachers or instructors who teach one-third or less of one subject in any teaching session
    • Staff appointed before the university established a policy on qualifications required of teaching staff (on 22 May 2015) who at the time were assessed by the Head of School/and or Executive Dean as having the equivalent of the required level of qualification because they had been successful teachers for a long time
    • A staff member of a placement provider may supervise a student’s workplace learning placement for a professional accredited course and assess their performance on behalf of the University if the placement provider staff member:
      • holds the level of professional registration to which the course leads (regardless of the Australian Qualifications Framework level of their professional qualification) and
      • has substantial professional experience.
    • A student undertaking a later year of a bachelor or integrated bachelor (honors) course who tutors and/or assesses in introductory subjects of the same course, provided that their tutoring and assessment is guided and moderated by staff who hold the requisite level of qualification.

    Where an academic staff member does not hold the required level of qualification to teach in a course they must either

    • Have been assessed as having a combination of qualification (s), experience and achievements equivalent to the required level of qualification, or
    • Have substantial experience in the industry or profession for which the course or subject prepares students, and be closely supervised in their teaching and assessment by an academic staff member who does hold the required level of qualification or equivalent.
  • Supervising and Examining in Levels of Higher Degree by Research Course

    Casual academic (sessional), fixed-term or continuing academic staff who supervise a student’s research  in a research component subject for a higher degree by research course must have:

    • A higher degree by research in the same discipline as the student’s research project, or in a discipline that equips them to understand the student’s research project, which is:
      • For supervision in a course other than a doctoral degree, one Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level higher than the award to which the course leads, or
      • For supervision or examination in a doctoral degree course, a doctoral degree, or
    • A combination of qualification(s) with research experience and research achievements that have been assessed as equivalent to the requirements in sub clause (17)a of the Procedure.

    Staff of external institutions who are appointed as an examiner of work submitted by a Charles Sturt University student, for a research component subject must meet the qualification requirements in Clause 17 of the Procedure.

  • Appointing and Promotion to Academic Levels

    The University expects academic staff to hold the level of qualification as set out below, to be appointed or promoted to each academic level.

    Alternatively, an academic staff member may be appointed or promoted to the relevant academic level, if they have been assessed as having a combination of:

    • A qualification one AQF level lower than the expected level of qualification for that academic level (this may be varied in exceptional circumstances), and
    • Experience and achievements equivalent to the required level of qualification

    You should refer to Clauses 28 and 29 of the Academic Qualifications and Expectations Procedure for further information on qualifications equivalence assessment criteria.

The process for assessment of qualification equivalence varies depending on the nature of the individual's employment and academic work to be undertaken.

Assessing Qualification Equivalence