In 2017 UWA will adopt a new, simpler approach to our personal development review process.

'Staff Appraisal' (SA) is an improved improved process designed to better support staff development and performance, and to align these with the University’s Strategic Plan.

What's new

  • A new user-friendly platform
  • All Staff Appraisals will be completed annually between 1 October and 30 November
Staff Appraisal Overview Video

Get a one-minute overview of the Staff Appraisal process.

When the new SA will be rolled out

To minimise disruption the shift to our new system will be a gradual process in 2017. Senior Managers will be the first to use the system in March, with the aim to have all employees complete their annual appraisal by October/November 2017. From 2018 onwards, all employees will undertake an annual appraisal during October/November.

Training on how to deliver feedback and how to develop SMARTS objectives is available for all staff who would like to participate. Managers conducting appraisals should have the skills to help appraisees set objectives aligned to the UWA strategy and to provide performance feedback. To support this, appraisers are required to attend both of these two-hour workshops:

  • Foundations Module 1: Effective Feedback
  • Business Planning and Setting SMARTS Objectives
  • Guidelines

    There are comprehensive guidelines available in this PowerPoint file for staff members who want detailed information on the Staff Appraisal process.

    Accessing previous Personal Development Reviews

    The old PDR system will remain live until 31 December 2017, but the site will be read-only.


    Transition year
    Staff Appraisal processQ4JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
    Integrated planning exercise outputs
    Communicate staff appraisal process
    Training for appraisers
    Online FAQs for employees
    Conduct staff appraisals – look back, look forward, and look at your development
    Reporting – completion rates
    Optional – informal mid-year Staff Appraisal process