12 May 2021

Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030: IRU response

International education and international research linkages are essential elements of a world standard university system for Australia.  The Australian Government’s 2016 National Strategy for International Education 2025 was a major recognition of this and the Coalition Government’s commitment to a whole of Government approach to supporting international education and research. Halfway through the target period Read more

30 Apr 2021 | Research

Australia’s skilled migration program: second submission

Australia’s skilled migration program IRU Submission Recommendations The Innovative Research Universities recommends that the Joint Standing Committee on Migration should: endorse the link between attracting international students and attracting skilled migrants. The two sets of policies have significant natural overlap and should align rather than operate independently; highlight the fact that the vast majority (84%) Read more

29 Apr 2021

Quality of Research: TEQSA’s proposed assessment criteria

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) support TEQSA’s intention to develop a legislative instrument that outlines matters relevant to an assessment of research quality within the Australian University provider category. The instrument would be used to support TEQSA’s assessment of research quality: to reregister an existing university; to register a new applicant to be a university; Read more

13 Apr 2021 | Research

University Research Commercialisation – IRU response

The Innovative Research Universities has submitted a response to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s (DESE) University Research Commercialisation consultation paper. The IRU strongly support the Government’s intention to expand the transformation of Australia’s research outcomes into business and social outcomes, as set out in Mr Tudge’s speech of 26 February 2021. Through improving Read more

01 Mar 2021 | Students

Australia’s skilled migration program

The  Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s review of Australia’s skilled migration program in the era of Covid-19 is a major opportunity to recognise the natural links between education policy that encourages education providers to seek students from around the world to migration policy that seeks the best-qualified people to migrate to Australia. The Innovative Research Read more

12 Feb 2021 | University Operations

Commonwealth Integrity Commission consultation – IRU submission

The IRU has made a submission to the Attorney-General’s Department’s consultation on the creation of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission. Overview On 2 November 2020, the Attorney-General published the exposure draft of new legislation to establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC), comprising: Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill 2020 (Cth) Integrity and Anti-Corruption Legislation Amendment (CIC Establishment and Read more

12 Feb 2021 | University Operations

Critical Infrastructure Bill 2020 – IRU submission

The IRU has made a submission to the Government’s consultation on its proposed changes to the Security of Critical Infrastructure (SOCI) Act 2018. The current Act: creates a register of information in relation to critical infrastructure assets (the register will not be made public); requires relevant bodies to provide information in relation to the asset, Read more

02 Feb 2021 | Funding, Research, Students

IRU Pre-Budget Submission

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group argues in this pre-budget submission for the Commonwealth Government to: work with the higher education sector and the state governments to make available safe and workable quarantine solutions for international student entry into Australia; and  create a revamped research funding system to sustain Australia’s leading position in world research Read more

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