20 Jan 2021 | Students

Treasury consultation on education and training tax deductions

The IRU has submitted a response to the Treasury’s consultation on Education and training expense deductions for individuals (tax deductions). The IRU response focuses primarily on the possible extension of tax deductions to education and skills that will benefit future job roles rather than just a person’s current role. IRU response It is important for the future Read more

22 Dec 2020 | International, Research, University Operations

Parliamentary Inquiry into national security risks affecting higher education

The IRU has responded to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) Inquiry into national security risks affecting the Australian higher education and research sector. The terms of reference for the inquiry target “foreign interference, undisclosed foreign influence, data theft and espionage”, with the intent to assess how extensive these are for universities; Read more

16 Dec 2020 | Education, Students, University Operations

TEQSA discussion paper on Scholarship – IRU response

The IRU has provided a response to TEQSA’s discussion paper, ‘Making and assessing claims of scholarship and scholarly activity‘. The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has proposed five principles to guide a revised approach to how TEQSA considers whether a higher education provider is achieving the standards that involve ‘scholarship’. IRU members seek Read more

30 Nov 2020 | University Operations

Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 – IRU submission

The IRU has submitted its views on the exposure draft of the Government’s Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. The Government’s recognition that higher education and research infrastructure is vital to the Australian economy is positive. Universities stand to benefit from a stable and secure national asset portfolio. For international collaborative research, such security Read more

02 Nov 2020 | Funding, Students, University Operations

National priorities and industry linkage fund (NPILF) consultation – IRU response

The IRU has submitted its response to the Government’s consultation on the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF), a fund introduced under the Job-Ready Graduate package to support enhanced engagement between universities and industry. Over the past decade, universities have strengthened work-driven learning and activities across all degrees. This has extended work-based learning from Read more

26 Oct 2020

Provider Category Standards – IRU submission

The IRU has responded to the Senate Education and Employment Committee’s inquiry into the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Category Standards and Other Measures) Bill 2020. 

15 Oct 2020 | Research

ERA and EI review – IRU response

The IRU has provided a response to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) review of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI). Overview Australia’s university research system is performing strongly. It has directly improved the quality of life of all Australians. Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) provides a credible Read more

09 Oct 2020 | Students, University Operations

Regulation of supplementary courses for overseas students

Below is the IRU’s response to the Australian Government’s “Improving regulation of supplementary courses for overseas students” discussion paper. Overview The government has proposed to: narrow the definition of “course” in the ESOS Act to exclude supplementary courses from the need to be registered on CRICOS; and give the Minister responsible for international education the Read more

08 Oct 2020 | Funding, Research

Medical Research Future Fund stakeholder survey – IRU response

The IRU has responded to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) stakeholder survey. The MRFF is a $20 billion long-term investment supporting Australian health and medical research. The MRFF survey seeks information on experiences applying for, assessing and receiving MRFF competitive grants in 2020 via the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Business Read more

28 Sep 2020

Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020

The IRU has submitted its response to the committee inquiry into Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 and Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020. The legislation is intended to “protect and manage Australia’s foreign relations” including through requiring universities to register all current and future agreements with Read more