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IRU response - Allocation and funding of Commonwealth Supported Postgraduate Places
The Government’s Consultation Paper “Allocation and funding of Commonwealth Supported Postgraduate Places” addresses the challenge of integrating a demand driven undergraduate funding scheme with provision to fund some, but not all, postgraduate places. The IRU’s response is framed against the following themes:
IRU response - Defining Quality for Research Training
The consultation paper “Defining quality for research training” is the first paper concerning the future arrangements for the Commonwealth’s funding and regulation of research training in Australia. A further paper focussed at the Research Training Scheme is to follow.
IRU comment - draft TEQSA Threshold Standards
IRU comment on the draft Qualification Standards and the Provider Standards to be created under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.
Bills to amend the Education Services for Overseas Students Act and related measures
The three ESOS Bills referred to the Committee are the latest stage of the Government’s implementation of the recommendations of the Review of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000, commonly called the Baird report, of February 2010. The IRU supports the thrust of the Baird report with its recommended actions to strengthen the effectiveness of the regulation of education to international students.
IRU comment - Exposure Draft of the Reward Funding Guidelines for Performance Funding
The IRU provides the following comments on the exposure draft Other Grant guidelines intended to support the allocation of performance funding.
IRU submission - The Inclusion of ERA in the SRE Funding Allocation Model
IRU comment - draft Qualification Standards
The draft Qualification Standards are built of the revision of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) which Ministers endorsed earlier in 2011 following considerable discussion about the structure of the AQF and the nature of some qualifications in particular.
IRU submission - Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program 2011 Reporting Pro Forma
The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) is a significant element of the Government’s higher education reform package set out the 2008 Budget statement Transforming Australia’s Higher Education System. HEPPP is a major social inclusion initiative designed to encourage universities to raise attainment of university qualifications by people from low-SES backgrounds such that in the longer term they are as likely to do so as people from other backgrounds.
IRU response - Review of Industry Income and its relationship to the Joint Research Engagement Scheme
The IRU provides a short response to the discussion paper on the arrangements for collection of research income data for Category 3, Industry and Other Income and the related mechanism for the distribution of funds from the Joint Research Engagement (JRE) program. IRU members will provide more detailed comments in their individual submissions. The IRU fully supports the Government’s desire for universities to extend and deepen their relationships with industry and other users of research, including a vast range of individual Government agencies.
IRU response - TEQSA Teaching and Learning standards in Australian Higher Education
The discussion paper Developing a Framework for Teaching and Learning Standards in Australian Higher Education and the Role of TEQSA provides a solid basis for exploring: • the intent and purpose of the Teaching and Learning Standards; and • how they should be developed and implemented both initially and over the longer term. In this response the IRU addresses the ten specific questions posed in the Discussion Paper against the various issues that underlie those questions.