frequently asked questions
No. However, when you apply online, you will be required to provide some basic information to help us with your application.
If successful in advancing to the interview stage, you will be contacted by the University about 2-3 weeks after the application closing date. Interviews are generally held within 1 month of the closing date. An offer will be made as quickly as possible (subject to reference checks and verification of qualifications) – usually within a week or so after the interview.
You are not required to include copies of qualifications with your application. However, you will need to provide original evidence of professional and/or academic qualifications during the recruitment process. We may verify these qualifications with the issuing institution.
If you are applying for an academic position, please include a list of published material in your application. Copies of the publications are not required.
Can I provide an alternative referee if my current supervisor/manager does not know that I am applying for a job?
You can nominate an alternative referee such as a previous supervisor or manager when you apply.
We contact referees by telephone prior to an offer being made for every appointment. However, we do ask your permission before we contact your referees.
For academic positions, we must also obtain a written reference from your referees prior to the interview.
If there is an issue with contacting your current supervisor at the interview or offer stage, please discuss this with the recruiter. You may be asked to provide an additional referee during the interview.
From time to time, we need to employ casual or temporary staff. Normally, each faculty, department or unit employs casual staff directly and may not advertise on the UOW website. Please contact the recruitment team to discuss our process and any opportunities that may be available.
If you are eligible for relocation assistance, your recruiter will provide you with relevant information at the time of offer. Read more about relocation assistance.
How can I learn more about employment conditions such as leave, hours of work and performance management?
There are many work and lifestyle benefits to working at UOW.
When you receive an offer of employment, you will be covered under the Academic Staff Enterprise Agreement, the General Staff Enterprise Agreement, or an Individual Employment Contract (IEC). All employment conditions will be stipulated in the relevant instrument as outlined in your offer letter.
The recruiter will explain the parking arrangements and provide you with a campus map prior to the interview. You may be required to pay for parking which is on a per-hour basis. Learn more about parking at UOW.
The recruiter will advise you of the approximate duration of your interview. For some positions, you may be required to complete other selection activities such as a presentation, technical questionnaire, aptitude test or psychometric test.
The structure of the selection committee will vary depending on the position. You will be advised of its composition when you are invited to an interview.
You should disclose to the recruiter if you share a business or close personal relationship with a member(s) of the selection committee. This will not hinder your application. It is an issue for the chair/recruitment team to review the make-up of the selection committee if necessary.
You will be informed at the conclusion of the interview of the expected decision timeframe. Pending final checks and discussions, successful candidates are generally informed within a week of the interview. If unsuccessful, you will be advised shortly thereafter. At this time, unsuccessful candidates will be provided with feedback in relation to their interview and reasons as to why they were unsuccessful.
If you are residing overseas at the time you are appointed as a UOW staff member, you may be eligible to receive relocation assistance to assist you in your move to Wollongong or the relevant region. If so, your recruiter will provide you with information about relocation assistance when you receive your offer of employment.
Your recruiter will discuss your visa options and the application process with you when you receive your offer of employment. You can find out more information about visas through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Your eligibility for sponsorship will depend on several factors including your role and the length of your appointment. Visas for which sponsorship is possible are permanent residency and temporary residency including a temporary work visa (sub class 457). If you are eligible, the Recruitment Unit will arrange the nomination application for your visa and provide you with information about your application process. For further information specific to your circumstances, please contact your recruiter.
Your visa will determine whether your family members can work during your stay in Australia. For information on work rights, conditions, job search networks, basic labour law and courses, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Australian Government's Workplace website.
If you are on a temporary resident or visitor visa, your children will have the opportunity to study at a NSW public school or at some private schools.
Residents of certain countries may be eligible for medical assistance through Australia's national health scheme, Medicare. Those who are not eligible will need to apply for relevant health insurance, which will need to be maintained for the duration of your visa. This may also be a condition of your visa. Your recruiter can provide you with more information.
You may receive superannuation - payments into a retirement fund as part of your remuneration package. UOW's superannuation fund UniSuper is able to provide you with more information on superannuation.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources work to protect Australia from illegal goods and exotic pests, working together at airports and seaports to screen what is brought into Australia. You must declare certain goods that you may wish to bring to Australia. These items will be checked upon your arrival to Australia to determine whether they will be allowed into Australia. For further information please read, What can I bring to Australia?
Please contact the Recruitment team with any questions about the application process.