Probation - Public Service

The purpose of the probationary period is to ascertain whether the conduct and work performance of an individual employee meet the standard expected under the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020 before the full rights and responsibilities of employment are confirmed.  Probation also provides support and feedback to an employee at the commencement of ongoing employment and complements the induction process.

Victorian Public Service employees, except for casual employees commence on a six month period of probation.  The offer of employment will indicate whether a probationary period is required, including the duration where one is required.  A probationary period is not required in respect of the transfer or promotion of an existing employee.

For comprehensive policy and information concerning probation, see the Probation Guidelines – Public Service below which cover the following areas:

  • Overview
  • Probationary process
  • Salary progression and probation
  • Leave while on probation


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Probation Guidelines - Public Service - (Last updated 11 August 2021)


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