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

14 Sep 2020 | Funding, Students, University Operations

Job-Ready Graduates Senate Inquiry: IRU submission

The IRU has provided a written submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020. The IRU recognises the strengths of the Job-Ready Graduates (JRG) package and calls for amendments to be made to address the four key weaknesses.

25 Aug 2020

Pre-Budget submission 2020

Summary of actions required in 2020 Budget Through the Higher Education Relief package of 12 April 2020, the Government ensured that its funding to universities for 2020 would remain at the level expected. However, the significant mid-term impact of COVID-19 on the capacity of universities to provide the education and research Australia requires has yet Read more

12 Jun 2020 | Research

ABS proposal to redevelop the Business Characteristics Survey – IRU Response

The IRU supports the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) proposal to redevelop the Business Characteristics Survey (BCS). The goals of the proposal and the four drivers for change outlined in the ABS’s proposal are sound. User information requirements are not fully being met International comparability is currently limited There is increasing user demand for more Read more

15 May 2020

Review of Provider Category Standards

The IRU has responded to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment review of Higher Education Provider Category Standards. The review of the Provider Category Standards had two main objectives: to confirm the meaning of University in Australia, with requirements for research, teaching and engagement, that would distinguish Universities from other providers; and determine a Read more

03 Apr 2020

Temporary migration Senate inquiry: IRU response

The IRU has responded to the Senate Inquiry on Temporary Migration. The inquiry targets important issues concerning the employment and lives of the extensive number of people in Australia who are not citizens or permanent residents. However, there are concerns: that those in Australia to work may be doing so at wages below those they Read more

26 Feb 2020 | University Operations

HESA free speech amendments – IRU response

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has responded to the stakeholder consultation on proposed freedom of speech amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and parallel changes to the Higher Education Standards Framework. Our full response is below. 1. Replacing the words ‘free intellectual inquiry in learning, teaching and research’ with ‘freedom of speech Read more