Lectures students and conducts tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conducts research in a particular field of knowledge. Registration or licensing may be required.
Skill Level 1
Caveats No caveats
Endorsed Correlations to ASCO Occupations
2421-11 University Lecturer
Group: 2421 University Lecturers and Tutors
Occupations also considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:
• Associate Lecturer
• Senior Lecturer
• Associate Professor
• Research Associate
• Research Fellow
Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:
• University Tutor
• Vocational Education Teacher (non-trades)
These occupations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO.
Requirements for Skills Assessment
University Lecturer is a VETASSESS Group A occupation.
This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.
Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification
employment, at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.
Applicants will not meet the required skill level if:
• the qualification(s) are not at the required educational level;
• the qualification(s) are not in a highly relevant field of study;
• the employment has been completed prior to the completion of the qualification.
A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive
Skills Assessment Outcome.
AQF Bachelor degree or higher degree*
This occupation requires a qualification in a university academic discipline of high relevance
to the required teaching and research specialisation.
*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing may be required.
Highly relevant tasks for teaching roles include, but are not limited
• preparing and delivering lectures, and conducting tutorials, seminars and
• preparing and marking essays, assignments and examinations
• advising students on academic and related matters
• attending departmental and faculty meetings, conferences and seminars
• supervising work programs of postgraduate and honours students and tutorial
• participating in setting course and degree requirements, curriculum revision
and academic planning
• serving on council, senate, faculty and other committees and professorial
• conducting research and undertaking consultancies in a particular field of
• stimulating and guiding class discussions
• compiling bibliographies of specialised materials for reading assignments
Highly relevant tasks for non-teaching/research only roles include:
• undertaking research in an area strategically complementary to the existing
strengths of the school/faculty with the view to publish original and innovative
results in refereed journals
• presenting research at academic seminars and at national and international
• collaborating with other researchers at a national and/or international level
• actively seeking and securing external funding including the preparation and
submission of research proposals to external funding bodies
University Lecturers are academic staff employed by universities who are required to both
teach and conduct research in their academic field.
This occupation includes both teaching and non-teaching roles. Teaching roles, such as
Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor require
involvement in both teaching and research. Non-teaching roles, or research-only roles, such as
Research Associate and Research Fellow, would generally not be required to teach at all, but
will still meet the assessment requirements if evidence of scholarly research is provided.
For a positive skills assessment outcome, demonstration of research is mandatory. Applicants
are required to provide evidence of at least one publication, relevant to their field of teaching
and research, published (or accepted for publication) within the last five years.
A positive assessment of highly relevant employment is confirmation that an applicant is paid
to perform these tasks. If applicants are unable to provide evidence that they are paid by their
employer to conduct research, in the form of a Statement of Service which is supported by
research evidence, they will not meet the requirements for this occupation.
For University Lecturers who are on paid study leave (remain on the payroll and receive their
full salary) to pursue a course of studies or to undertake research connected to the role in which
their employment experience is assessed as highly relevant, the employment period for study
leave may be considered. However, only paid study leave at full pay will be accepted as
appropriate remuneration. Evidence of payment in the form of a stipend, scholarship or partial
payment of salary will not be accepted.
Employment which is carried out at an affiliated college of an accredited university (e.g. in the
subcontinent) can be accepted for this occupation, provided that 1) the applicant can
demonstrate that they were conducting research at an appropriate skill level, and 2) the
applicant taught subjects at, or above, Bachelor degree level.
What is ‘scholarly research’?
Research is a core task of the University Lecturer occupation and applicants are expected to
demonstrate their consistent involvement in research by providing evidence of published
The research output should exhibit the following:
• published by internationally recognised university presses or a professional
• subject to a rigorous peer-review process, be verifiable and traceable.
The assessment is made on a case-by-case basis considering international recognition, the
peer-review process, publication history, and other relevant quality indicators. For example,
research papers published in academic journals that are indexed in Web of Science (WoS) and
Scopus are considered ‘recognised’.
In order to be classified as ‘scholarly research’, the work should reflect the following attributes:
1. Scientific / scholarly investigation that arrives at the discovery of facts/conclusion;
2. Empirical processes take precedence over judgement;
3. Contains a bibliography (academic and not generic sources like magazines);
4. Caters to a specific audience (the author will assume that the reader has a certain
level of knowledge about the field and the topic at hand);
5. Published by university presses or professional organisations in peer-reviewed
journals (academic journals are usually published monthly or quarterly)
6. Internationally recognised high academic standards due to being reviewed by
academics in the field.
For assessment purposes, applicants may provide evidence of published research in the form
of published articles in journals and books.
Applicants with the position title ‘University Lecturer’, but with no scholarly research duties,
would not meet the criteria of this occupation. Teaching duties alone, such as the preparation
and presentation of lectures, will not meet the skill level for positive assessment.
Applicants who have already gained employment as a University Lecturer at an accredited
Australian university, but have not had any research published yet, may be assessed on a caseby-case basis. This would be based on the submission of evidence confirming their formal
academic rank and title.
Supporting material for assessment
Applicants nominating for this occupation are required to provide evidence of their academic
research by submitting a Publication List (see Publication List Template). Publications in the last
five years (prior to lodging an application) will be required for a positive skills assessment. Those
applicants in dual teaching and research roles will also be required to provide details of their
area and level of teaching (e.g. units taught and degree program).