Benefits of working with us

There are many benefits to working at Victoria University of Wellington, including being part of New Zealand’s top research university.

Victoria University of Wellington is one of New Zealand’s leading universities, officially ranked number one in the country for our research.

By joining the University’s community you will be part of an organisation dedicated to strengthening New Zealand’s position in the global knowledge economy. Our commitment to the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and the development of graduates who will shape and lead our country’s future, is supported by the excellence of our academic and general staff.

Find out where you fit in our strategic direction and learn more about our research expertise.

Living and working in Wellington

Take advantage of the capital city’s position as central to New Zealand’s culture, creative arts and science endeavours, as well as the home of government and many international businesses. Explore the facilities and services on the University's campuses.

Induction and orientation

In order to ensure staff feel welcome and are able to carry out their roles effectively, the University has an integrated induction and orientation programme.

New Staff Orientation events run four times a year in February, May, August and November.

They provide the opportunity to be formally welcomed to the University community, receive a University level orientation and for those new to teaching, the opportunity to build skills in teaching and learning.

You will also receive a school or Central Service Unit (CSU) level induction when you start which includes specific information relating to your work area and role, as well as topics such as health and safety.

Equal employment opportunities

The University is committed to equity and diversity, and makes a determined effort to develop an inclusive environment, to achieve a balanced gender representation, and increase the number of Māori and other under-represented groups on staff, including people with disabilities.

Employment agreements

The majority of permanent staff are employed under collective employment agreements. The University endeavours to work closely with union representatives from the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), the Public Sector Association (PSA), and other unions. It negotiates annually regarding employment conditions.

Health, safety and wellbeing

The University is committed to being a safe, vibrant and welcoming environment. The University aims to provide safe and sustainable campuses and facilities which recognise the needs of a diverse community. Visit the Health and Safety website for more information.

Counselling and support

The University has a confidential and professional counselling service available to all permanent staff, which can help you to deal with personal and work issues that are affecting your work.

Manager, Staff Wellness

The Manager, Staff Wellness is available for all staff to resolve workplace health concerns.

Professional development and training

The focus of the Performance, Development and Career Planning Process (PDCP) is the development of staff, both academic and general, and ensuring that all staff work together to achieve the overall goals of the University. It provides an appropriate framework for positive and useful discussions between staff and their managers, leading to a common understanding of objectives and personal and professional development.

Advice on staff development programmes is provided through Human Resources or the Centre for Academic Development (CAD).

Staff excellence awards

The University believes in rewarding excellence in all areas of our organisation. One of the more high-profile, and prestigious, ways of doing this is the annual Excellence Awards. The awards have categories for teaching, research, engagement, equity and diversity, professional staff and health and safety.

Staff discounts and benefits

As a Victoria University of Wellington staff member, you can enjoy many staff benefits, including discounts at a range of suppliers.

Medical insurance

A Southern Cross Group Scheme is available to all permanent staff.

A Southern Cross representative is available on the last weekday of the month in room RS202 1–2pm.

Superannuation scheme

The University is part of Unisaver. Unisaver is a recognised scheme for the purposes of Kiwisaver. Most University employees are entitled to join UniSaver.