Benefits and Obligations

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised teaching and research institution with an outstanding reputation. Our commitment to excellence is demonstrated by innovative academic programs and our record as one of Australia’s largest recipients of competitive research funding. With our prestigious international links and reputation, the University is a preferred destination for high quality staff from both Australia and around the world including distinguished teachers and researchers.

Direct Individual Benefits

An honorary appointment formalises your relationship with the University. As an honorary staff member you will have access to many of the services and facilities the University offers to its staff. Benefits include:

  • Use of an honorary title during the term of the appointment when carrying out activities as part of your contribution to the University.
  • Be listed in the University’s “Find an Expert” database which provides a dynamic and reliable source of information about staff members’ research and scholarship.
  • Entitled to a University staff card.
  • Participate in ceremonial occasions as an academic staff member of the University (e.g. academic procession at graduation).
  • Access to many of the University's staff resources, including its electronic communication network and IT systems.
  • Access to the University's wireless network across its various campus sites, and access to Eduroam which provides equivalent wireless coverage via the AARNet network, which currently includes more than half of Australian universities, CSIRO and an increasing number of hospitals, including RCH.
    Access to the University's information facilities, including library resources (physical and online) and borrowing rights.
  • Inter Library Loan and Document Delivery (in most cases free of charge) via an online self-managed service.  
  • Access to University of Melbourne site licensed software and/or purchase licenses at an institutional discount (subject to the specific eligibility requirements).  
  • Insurance provisions for honorary staff with the same level of cover as academic staff when undertaking activities directly related to your University appointment.
  • Eligibility for staff benefits/discounts for services provided by both University of Melbourne Eyecare and the Melbourne Dental Clinic.
  • Eligibility for membership of University House, the staff club of the University, providing access to the amenities of both University House (main campus) and University House at the Woodward (Pelham St, Carlton) which offer licensed lounge and cafĂ©/dining facilities.
  • Eligibility to join Melbourne University Sport, the University sports facility.
  • Eligibility for preferential staff rates for Melbourne Theatre Company tickets

Broader Benefits

  • Research

    The University of Melbourne is the largest research active University in Australia and it is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it as number 1 in Australia and in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. The University is a member of two prestigious international networks: Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. These networks facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the member universities and create opportunities for staff and students.

    The University itself has been host to many of Australia's, and some of the world's most distinguished medical researchers, including recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Further, it has acted as the point of nucleation for a remarkable array of associated medical research institutes and hospitals. Together these form one of the world's premier sites for biomedical research - the Parkville Precinct. The sheer quantity of life-sciences research facilities, institutes, researchers, Fellows and postgraduate students in the Parkville Precinct and surrounds, and the comprehensive breadth of bioscience disciplines, is without parallel in the southern hemisphere and one of the very few such concentrations of research excellence worldwide.

  • Learning and Teaching

    The University of Melbourne fosters excellence in teaching staff by seeking to support innovative approaches and building capacity in its educators. It recognises that good teaching occurs when staff and students work together, and that inspirational leadership both inside and outside the classroom is based on sound principles of pedagogy, practice and scholarship.

    Each year, teachers at the University of Melbourne are among the recipients of a number of Australian Awards for University Teaching which recognise their efforts in teaching excellence, programs that enhance learning and their outstanding contributions to student learning. The University also rewards staff for excellence in teaching and supervision through annual internal awards.

Obligations and Expectations

Individuals awarded honorary appointments are not obliged to perform any specific work for the University, but are expected to contribute to the teaching and research or general betterment of the University through voluntary activities. These individuals are not provided with remuneration for their service.

  • As an Honorary staff member you are obliged to comply with certain University statutes, regulations and policies whilst undertaking any activity in your capacity as an Honorary staff member of the University. Continuation of the appointment will be based on you continuing to fulfil the criteria for which you were appointed by maintaining an ongoing and meaningful contribution to the University of Melbourne. For ongoing appointments this is assessed on an annual basis.  Professorial appointments are made for a 5 year period, and a case must be made for renewal at the end of each period.
  • Participate in relevant reporting processes (e.g. publications data collection, Excellence in Research Australia (ERA), quality of teaching reviews), including an annual report of contributions and achievements during the period of honorary appointment.  In addition, staff appointed at levels D and E may participate in the University of Melbourne Performance Development Framework, involving the appropriate Head of Department or School.
  • Activate and monitor a University of Melbourne user and email account (the account can be set to redirect to a preferred email address). Creation of the account will provide access to a number of University systems and facilities (e.g. library, computing facilities).  Any automatically generated correspondence in relation to the individual’s honorary appointment (e.g. human resources) and any other University roles (e.g. graduate student supervisor) will be sent to this email account.
    Maintain current personal contact details with the University (normally via HR self-service) and to advise the Department of Paediatrics (RCH Academic Centre) of any changes to their primary appointment (e.g. if they leave the RCH Campus).
  • Acknowledge the University of Melbourne as their affiliated organisation on all their research outputs, in addition to their other professional affiliations. This process is particularly important for research publications, and the University will collect publications data for its honorary staff on an annual basis (affiliating your publication to the University of Melbourne in the capacity of your honorary appointment does not preclude (or in any way diminish) the attribution to any other institution to which you are employed/affiliated should that also be appropriate). Author affiliation guide for MDHS