03 May 2022 | International, Students

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Review 2022 – IRU Response

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback on the Department’s discussion paper on the review of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act. Over the last twenty years, the ESOS Act and associated regulations have played a crucial role in protecting students and the quality of Australia’s growing international education Read more

03 May 2022

Research translation and the Higher Education Standards Framework – IRU Response

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) Secretariat on the proposed inclusion of research translation in the Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF). The IRU supports the intention to include research translation in the HESF, demonstrated through appropriate and effective institutional strategies.  Research translation is Read more

28 Apr 2022

ERA 2023 Benchmarking and Rating Scale Consultation Paper – IRU submission

 Overview  The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposed options to revise the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2023 rating scale. The retainment of the “world standard” terminology in both of the proposed ERA rating scale Options is welcomed. This helps provide administrative certainty to the university sector by Read more

16 Mar 2022

ATN and IRU universities are uniting for the first time to call on the next government to address three challenges

ATN and IRU universities are uniting for the first time to call on the next government to address three challenges: Australia’s skills and labour shortages  Increasing access and participation in higher education  Closing the Gap for First Nations Australians.  The Australian Government needs to prioritise the role of universities in responding to these challenges. Together Read more

09 Mar 2022

IRU pre-election policy statement

About the IRU The IRU is a group of eight universities across Australia committed to inclusive education and innovative research that advances our communities. The history of our member universities goes back to the 1960s and early 1970s when, under both Liberal and Labor governments, there was an expansion of new forms of higher education and research to Read more

28 Feb 2022 | Research

Higher Education Research Commercialisation Intellectual Property Framework Materials – IRU response

 The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback on the Australian Government’s Higher Education Research Commercialisation Intellectual Property Framework (HERC IP Framework) materials and the Draft Practical Guide.   The IRU position is that the HERC IP Framework should be voluntary, with refinement after a piloting and testing phase. Implementation should be supported Read more

28 Feb 2022

International student diversity at Australian Universities – IRU response

Overview The International student diversity at Australian universities discussion paper highlights the value to Australia of international education and the importance of diversity, resilience and the quality of the student experience. The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) already has a diverse international profile and welcomes the opportunity to work constructively with government on further policy measures to improve quality and Read more

28 Feb 2022

Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018 – IRU response

 Executive Summary  The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the Australian Research Council Amendment (Ensuring Research Independence) Bill 2018.  The Bill proposes to amend the Australian Research Council (ARC) Act to remove the Minister’s discretion in approving research proposals recommended for Read more

20 Oct 2021 | Research

Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework – IRU Response

 The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) support the Australian Government’s intention to incentivise and increase partnerships between businesses and universities through research commercialisation. By better facilitating commercialisation and translation, we can further strengthen our national capacity to invest in research and realise its benefits, creating a positive loop in Australia’s world leading R&D sectors. A framework Read more

27 Aug 2021 | University Operations

Strengthening Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives: IRU response

The Innovative Research Universities supports the suite of initiatives in Strengthening Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives.  The IRU acknowledges that a core aim of the proposed regulatory reforms is to counter the social and economic impacts of widespread but lower sophistication threats, and notes that the Government is taking separate action to respond to Read more