Postgraduate Supervisor Accreditation Policy and Procedures (2011 PhD Statute)


All staff members who are currently supervising, or intend to supervise, masters by research candidates and/or doctoral candidates at the University


To outline the requirements for becoming an accredited supervisor of a masters by research candidate or doctoral candidate


University staff must have accreditation in order to supervise masters by research or doctoral candidates. The requirements for this accreditation are outlined below. These requirements apply to all University staff, but are not necessarily applicable to external co-supervisors who are not staff members of the University


  • Policy
  • Procedures
    • All supervisors
    • Doctoral supervisors
    • Masters by research supervisors
    • Staff members new to supervision


  1. All staff engaged after 1 February 2001 must complete the CLeaR seminar Orientation to Doctoral Education Policy and Process “ORIDOC” within the initial four year term of employment or prior to supervising postgraduate students – see HR Continuation Policy


All supervisors

2. To gain and maintain accreditation, all supervisors must:

  • attend ORIDOC or a Dean of Graduate Studies’ doctoral briefing at least once every five years
  • be employed in an academic staff position where the employment agreement includes a requirement that they undertake research
  • be research active

Doctoral supervisors

3. Doctoral supervisors must additionally be in permanent employment with the University, or contracted by the University for sufficient time to see a candidate through to completion

4. Doctoral supervisors who are main supervisors:

  • must have supervised a doctoral candidate through to completion as a co-supervisor at the University or as a main supervisor at another university
  • will normally hold a doctoral degree or equivalent

Masters by research supervisors

5. Masters by research supervisors must have at least a masters degree or have equivalent research experience and, if required, have appropriate professional experience

Staff members new to supervision

6. Staff who are new to doctoral or masters supervision must also attend the CLeaR workshop The Art of Graduate Research Supervision

Note: It is recommended that an academic new to supervision is mentored by a senior colleague experienced in supervision, or that they co-supervise with a more experienced colleague before undertaking the role as sole supervisor of a masters candidate


Document management and control

Owner: Dean of Graduate Studies

Content manager: School of Graduate Studies

Approved by: Board of Graduate Studies

Date approved: July 2015

Review date: July 2018