01 Apr 2019 | Research

Improving Innovation Indicators – IRU response

The Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is undertaking a review of innovation metrics “to develop a suite of metrics that more fully capture innovation and thereby support better decision-making in Australia”. The IRU has submitted its response, saying it supports the key messages outlined from the targeted consultations and questions the validity of international Read more

19 Mar 2019 | Education, University Operations

Reshaping the Australian Qualifications Framework: the IRU approach

In the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government announced a review of the AQF to ensure that the framework continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community. This is the IRU’s response.

12 Mar 2019 | Students, University Operations

Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy – IRU response

As part of its Regional Education package, the Australian Government is developing a National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy which aims to drive increased participation in post-secondary education. The Strategy will build on the Government’s response to the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education (the Halsey Review). The IRU’s has responded to the Issues Read more

08 Mar 2019 | Education

The future need for higher education provider categories

A critical part of the Australian higher education system is effective regulation of the bodies that educate students and issue qualifications.  The regulation should ensure that: each registered provider is clearly capable of providing higher education, guiding out any that fail to do so; and students and other interested parties are well informed about the Read more

19 Feb 2019 | Funding

Performance funding: implications, risks, and options

The IRU response to the Performance based funding for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme discussion paper The Government proposal for the university by university funding cap to be indexed to population growth is contingent on meeting performance standards on student experience, graduate outcomes and equity. It claims the increases will be tied to improvement in the Read more

15 Feb 2019 | Funding

Reallocation of Commonwealth supported places – IRU Response

An effective tertiary system will ensure that Australians can access higher education places across all levels, with a focus on gaining qualifications that lay the basis for employment and future renewal of skills. Until 2018 bachelor qualifications were funded for all university students. The current funding cap constrains this system, but still endorses the underlying Read more

04 Feb 2019 | Education, University Operations

Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy – IRU Response

The National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy framing paper targets the need for Australians outside major population centres to gain tertiary education and training, whether vocational or higher education, to be confident of a successful working and personal life. Take up and completion is lower, especially for higher education qualifications, than in the major Read more

04 Feb 2019 | Funding, University Operations

IRU 2019 pre-Budget submission

The IRU has submitted to the Government its recommendations for the 2019 Budget. We believe all Australians will need to aspire to gaining more knowledge and skills, learning again and again as needed for us to have a workforce able to take advantage of change not be driven down by it. Better assessment of future Read more

03 Dec 2018 | Education, International, Students

Growing International Education in Regional Australia: IRU response

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has responded to the Department of Education and Training’s Growing International Education in Regional Australia consultation, which has set out to consider how to encourage more international students to study in regional areas.

23 Nov 2018 | Funding, Students, University Operations

Response to student loan cost recovery proposals

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU): opposes the government’s plan to levy a higher education provider charge accepts, but does not endorse, levying an application fee for providers wishing to access FEE-HELP. If the Parliament passes the legislation now before it, the proposed charging scheme, as set out in the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement, provides a Read more