Settling in

Your first point of contact when trying to find information should be the CBE website. The website contains many useful links to ANU policy and procedures. If you do not find what you were looking for on the website, contact your School Administrator who will be able to answer your query or pass it on to someone who can help you.

Stationery ordering

The preferred University supplier for stationery and office supplies is OfficeMax. Please contact your School Admin Office within in your Research School.  For people in the College Administration please contact the Student Office front desk. For more information, see the Finance page.

Enterprise Agreement

The ANU Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 contains information regarding the employment conditions of staff working at the University. This is the first port of call for any questions regarding your employment, should you have any further questions please feel free to contact CBE HR.

Policies and procedures

You will often need to know particular ANU policies and procedures as part of your role. The ANU Policies site holds all University-wide policies and procedures. Please check the CBE website and your supervisor for CBE-specific procedures. 


If you are purchasing goods or services or approving purchases of goods or services it is mandatory that you take time to read the following information at the links provided and be familiar with the processes involved. Particularly with regard to paragraphs 7 and 8 of the ANU Procedure regarding procurement:

7. Procurement Threshold requirements - Minor Procurement (less than  $5,000 in value)

g. Only one oral or written quotation is required (note oral quotations may entail a higher degree of risk than written quotations, depending on the nature of the goods/services being purchased); and
h. Purchasing officers are expected to use their knowledge of the available market to secure value for money.

8. Procurement Threshold requirements - Medium scale Procurement (up to $50,000 in value)

i. A minimum of two written quotations are required;
j. Quotations must be attached to accounts payable documentation, and sighted by the Delegate prior to authorisation of expenditure; and
k. Purchasing officers are expected to use their knowledge of the available market to secure value for money.

ANU Procedure: Procurement
ANU Policy: Procurement
ANU Policy: Procurement probity
ANU Procurement Handbook - A Guide to purchasing goods and services at the University

If you have any questions concerning the procurement process, contact either the CBE Finance Office or the ANU Procurement & Contracts Office.

Staff development

ANU values your contribution towards the achievement of University goals and aims to provide an environment that nurtures and supports you, enabling you to maximise your potential at the University.

As a guiding principle, the University seeks to enable you to perform at your best. The University strives to do this within a culture of evaluation of performance and improvement which includes the annual establishment of performance objectives through a Performance and Development Review (PDR) agreement. Your supervisor will establish a PDR for you within two months of your commencement. Further resources including procedures and forms are available on the Performance and development page

Meet and greet

The College Dean and General Manager have an informal meet and greet with new staff every 3 months. You will receive an invitation to the next meet and greet shortly after you commence.

Principal dates and ANU closures

The University typically closes from close of business 24 December and reopens 2 January each year. This closure is confirmed in December each year. Staff members are not usually required to apply for leave over this closure period. Principal dates and public holidays

Mail Boxes

The College has a mail room in the staff Resource room on the second floor of Building 26C. Unless you have an individual mailbox, any mail for you will be put in the relevant school’s inbox and collected by your school administration who will distribute it to you. Please check your mailbox within your school or ask the School Administration for assistance. The individual mailboxes in the College mailroom are allotted mostly to the College Administration areas such as HR, Finance, Research etc. Members of the Executive also have their own mailboxes should you need to send them mail.

Mail bags

Your School Administrator will show you where internal and external mail bags are located within your school.  For College Administration staff internal and external mail bags are located in the Resource room 2.30.  Each bag is marked accordingly.  Please see the front student office staff in room 2.01 for assistance. 

Maintaining your profile

Your CBE profile page has your contact details, and space for you to enter biographical and research information. it is particularly useful for students searching for a HDR supervisor. The page is linked to from various parts of the CBE website, including the People page. The page is automatically created when your IT profile is created.  To update your profile, visit the Manage your profile page. You can also upload your CV.

To get a photograph taken, contact MDO. They will advise you when the next photography session will be held.

Academic staff members also have a profile on the ANU Research site. 

Academic Staff Paid Outside Work - the 52 Day Rule

The Paid Outside Work policy stipulates that full-time academic staff members may engage in work on Individual Consultancies for up to 52-days per year where they are to receive remuneration for those services from an external organization.

Academic staff members must complete an Approval of Paid Outside Work form and have it approved prior to commencing the Paid Outside Work

For further information, please refer to the Paid Outside Work policy and procedure.

Academic promotions

Academic promotions is the University’s mechanism for determining the eligibility of academic staff for promotion from levels B through to E1. The process is designed to assess and reward continuous excellence in research, education and service.

The academic promotions round opens on 1 June each year, with the nominations closing on 31 July.

The Academic Promotions webpage provides all of the required information. Visit the relevant Local Promotions Committee page and contact the secretariat for further information.

Outside Studies Program (OSP)

The purpose of the Outside Studies Program (OSP) is to provide academic staff with a significant period of release from normal duties to undertake a planned program of work that will enhance their personal scholarly development, the University’s international reputation and extend the body of knowledge in their academic discipline.

OSP is not leave, and is to be considered as academic work being done while away from the ANU campus for significant periods of time. As such, OSP is considered as work that the employee is engaged in as an employee on behalf of ANU, noting that this may still take the form of individual research renewal, and /or development.

Participation in OSP is not an entitlement. Applications will be assessed on the needs of the College, the quality of the proposal submitted by the staff member, and the capacity of the staff member to make effective use of the opportunity.

Academic robes

The college has a small number of gowns and bonnets for the use of staff for College graduation ceremonies. If you wish to book a gown for a graduation ceremony please contact the the Dean’s Executive Assistant or call x53596.

ANU Library Services

The ANU Library collection is in excess of 2.5 million volumes and are now available to you 24/7 via electronic access when you are off campus by using the remote login.

The following resources are also available to you:

The Library also offers guidance in research to HDR students and skills training sessions for academic and professional staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of the Information Literacy Program.

Please visit the ANU Library for more detail on the services available to you and your students.


Are you teaching this year?  To assist you please visit the ANU course timetabling at

Having trouble finding what you are looking for?  Please contact your local CBE school administration team for further assistance.


Wattle (Web Access to Teaching & Learning Environments) is an online learning environment that provides a set of tools to facilitate learning, communication and collaboration. Wattle can be used to make lecture notes, readings, digital lecture recordings and other learning resources available to your students online, provide a space for the submission of assignments and make it easier to communicate with your students.

Wattle consists of Moodle as the main underpinning platform, augmented with other online learning facilities including Turnitin (Assignment grading and plagarism detection tool), Digital Lecture Delivery (DLD) and Echo360, Wimba Voice Tools (audio and voice recording tools) and Adobe Connect (video conferencing tool).

For access, support, training and other information please visit the wattle website or contact Colin Simpson, CBE's own Educational Technologist.

Unit Outlines

All courses taught at ANU must have a course outline. The aim of this document is to provide students with current, accurate and finalised information about the course. Course outlines are developed from the University course outline template , and must be approved by the Director of the Research School before publication. Course outlines must be made available to students by the end of the second week of the relevant teaching period or semester.

Please read the Course Outline Policy and Course Outline Procedure for further information or contact your local CBE school administration team.

Research Services

CBE provides funding initiatives that aim to assist the College in achieving and supporting our academics in high level research activity and excellence in research outcomes.  These initiatives are designed to create various opportunities for both individuals and schools to undertake and publish excellent research.  CBE provides financial incentives for quality publications and offer editing services for PhD's, journal articles and applications.

If you would like to find out more please visit the Research Office 

ANU Experts Guide

The ANU Experts Guide is a searchable database of academic staff at the ANU available for media interviews. The University seeks to foster open engagement with the media and encourages academic staff to participate in public discussion through the media in areas within their research and teaching expertise.

Academic staff who wish to be listed on the directory are strongly encouraged to take part in one of the free media training sessions. For further details see the University Marketing and Outreach website.

Join the guide

If you would like to be added to the Experts Guide, or if you are already on the guide and would like to update your details, send an email to or call 02 6125 125 for advice.

NECTAR ANU Network for Early Career Teachers, Academics, and Researchers

NECTAR is an independent space created by, and for, Early Career Academics at ANU. It is a direct channel of communication between ECA and the various levels of ANU Executive Staff, effecting changes that ensure ANU continues to be an attractive workplace for early career academics, domestic and international

For further details please visit