UniForum Benchmarking Survey


UNSW is one of 24 Australian and NZ universities that participate in UniForum, along with 18 Russell Group universities in the UK and a growing group of North American universities.

Activity Collections

The annual UniForum Activity Collections identify the professional staff and supplier (contractor) r​​​esourcing of the service functions and activities that support each university’s teaching and research.
The objectives of the Activity Collections are to:

  • ​Identify the staff and supplier (contractor) resourcing of services within the Collection Period*
  • Classify these services using a standard ‘Activity Framework’, which allows service delivery model ​comparisons across universities
  • Profile the service delivery data to understand:
    • Cost ($) and capacity (w​FTE) of resourcing
    • Distribution of resourcing across central division​s, faculty offices and schools
    • Seniority, management layers, spans of control, ​specialisation of resourcing, etc.

There are three major activity data collection processes:

  • The Professional Staff Collection – captures data about all staff paid via payroll, including casual staff
  • The Supplier (contractor) Collection – captures data about all individuals and companies paid via invoice​
  • Academic Management Collection – captures data about senior academic managers such as DVCs, PVCs, Deans, and Heads of School

* 01 January - 31 December of the collection year​​

Additional UniForum processe​​​s

  • The Activity Collections are complemented by gathering wide-ranging supplementary data that informs analysis and benchmarking between universities.
  • UNSW participated in the UniForum Service Effectiveness Survey in 2014 and 2015. Future participation is currently planned for 2018.
  • UNSW participates in “deep-dive” research studies coordinated by Cubane, the administrator of the UniForum program.

UniForum Pages

Org Structure 2017

Collection Area Structure 2017


Supplier to Collection Area 2017

Person to Collection Area 2017

Supplier to Collection Area 2017