Research and Development Tax Incentive Review: #NISA 2

IRU will contribute to the development of the Strategy, looking to ensure that programs will encourage investor action without stifling opportunities through overly strict rules or exclusion of potential future activities.

Submission key points:

• Strengthening the incentive for Research and Development carried out through research bodies.

• Include research in social sciences, arts and humanities, where it meets standard tests of being a core Research and Development activity directly relevant to the business’s future development.

Read full submission below. (3 pages)

Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements: IRU Submission

Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements: IRU submission The terms of reference for the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements set out a twofold focus.

The first is to consider the overall system architecture of Government support for research and its use. The overall structure has not been reconsidered since the creation of the research block grants in 2001 although the incremental changes to elements of the system have significantly altered its balance.

The second is to ensure the structure encourages the take up of research by end users, particularly those able to use research for commercial ends. Read more in the attached PDF below.


ACOLA review of Australia’s Research Training System: IRU Submission

The review into Australia’s Research Training System is an important opportunity to refresh how Australia supports students undertaking degrees by research. A key focus is to ensure a good alignment of research training with potential for future work in industry, Government and other enterprises, which draw on research capability.

We need to ensure we address well the reality that the research degree can lead both to an academic career and to positions across industry and Government that requires highly capable, thoughtful and imaginative occupants.

Crucial to improvement in this area, as IRU argued in Industry Driven Research1; (IRU, May 2015) is to alter incentives for industry and business to seek out research that can improve their operations and commercial outcomes. For this review incentives to engage with research students should be considered.

The Review sits alongside a suite of Government actions to strengthen research output and its effective use, in particular for commercial outcomes. Of these, the funding structures to support research training are also under consideration by the Watt Review of research policy and funding arrangements.

IRU members have provided detailed submissions outlining their creative approaches to support research students, identifying the directions they now wish to take along with the changes to current arrangements required to allow them to do so…


Read more in the attached PDF below.

ESOS amendments go in the right direction

The IRU largely supports the proposed changes to the ESOS legislation, which Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, released on 7 July 2015 as set out in the exposure drafts:

  • Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015
  • Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015

The proposed changes are largely focused at updating the ESOS Act to reflect changes in the quality assurance arrangements through the creation of TEQSA and ASQA. In themselves the proposals are useful, if essentially technical, but they avoid the critical issue about the relationship of ESOS to general quality assurance arrangements, which have been transformed since ESOS was last overhauled.

The IRU submission focuses on three areas:

  1. The relationship between ESOS and general quality assurance
  2. Improving the risk management associated with the Tuition Protection Service 3. Streamlining the ESOS Act to reflect changes in quality assurance arrangements and reducing unnecessary red tape

Read more in the attached PDF below.

Medical Research Future Fund: IRU Submission

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) supports the proposed Medical Research Future Fund. We need to transform Government investment in health and medical research through greater investment in the translation of research findings into new products, procedures and processes that will have a significant impact on patients and health service providers, and support for the development stages of medical products. The new fund, used well, provides the opportunity to bridge these gaps, advancing health outcomes.

Australia’s place in An Asia Research and Innovation Network

Strengthening Research in Asia: An Asia Research and Innovation Network, published today by Innovative Research Universities (IRU), sets out a framework for an Asia Research and Innovation Network that increases effective engagement with Asia across academic and industrial areas.

The statement contextualises Australia’s position as a country able to contribute significantly to, and benefit greatly from, better research and industrial engagement with Asia.

In the digital world, conducting high-level research increasingly requires the involvement of teams of researchers working within multiple institutions across many countries.

An Asia Research and Innovation Network is the most effective way to grow and secure Australia’s place at the forefront of high quality research and relations. It is the basis for 21st century engagement.

IRU sets out how the Network can provide research funding, research infrastructure and researcher mobility.

IRU members have a foundational commitment to engagement with Asia and enjoying long-established links with Asian counterparts.

Research projects which exemplify member collaborations are available here. They will be highlighted to parliamentarians at an event in Canberra in June 2015, ‘IRU in Asia: Meet the Researchers’.

Strengthening Research in Asia: An Asia Research and Innovation Network is the second publication in the IRU Research series.
It is available for download from here.

For comment contact

IRU Executive Director, Conor King M: 0434 601 691

National Strategy for International Education Overview: IRU Submission

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a policy group actively engaged in integrating Australia’s education and research with the world around us and improving outcomes both domestically and internationally.

Today, IRU releases a response to the Draft National Strategy for International Education outlining its support for the medium term strategy.

The intention is for the Strategy to provide a comprehensive guide to support international education and research driving the actions of all relevant agencies. The draft does much to set this up but gaps remain. In particular the place of research in the Strategy is not yet fully realised.

The IRU highlight seven issues for improvement can be downloaded in full here.

The impact of the Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering process

The IRU submission targets the impact of the inclusion of higher education Indigenous programmes in the IAS, with the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) subject to the tendering process. The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a network of six research intensive, progressive universities, established in the outer urban areas of Australia’s capitals and in major provincial cities to stimulate economic, social and personal advancement. Our locations bring universities, with comprehensive activities across teaching and research, to areas where higher education participation and attainment is low, and where the university’s research and creation of graduates can strengthen the social and economic prosperity of the region.