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

02 Nov 2018 | University Operations

IRU opposes ‘cost recovery’ for HELP operational costs

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) opposes the government’s plan to levy a higher education provider charge. The higher education provider charge is to be created through the Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2018 and required to be paid through the Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2018. The Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) is Read more

18 Oct 2018 | Funding, Research, University Operations

IRU response to impact of new accounting standards on HERDC

The IRU has responded to the Department of Education and Training’ draft 2019 higher education research data collection (HERDC) Specifications which have been published for sector feedback. This involves technical changes around the requirements to provide research and experimental development income data to the department. The IRU supports the changes to national accounting standards – however questions Read more

05 Sep 2018

IRU response to MRFF (medical research) discussion paper

The IRU has responded to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Priorities discussion paper highlighting three areas for further focus: Communicable disease control Building evidence in primary care Clinical researcher fellowships Communicable disease control The communicable disease control priority is extremely important but does not give adequate emphasis to Australia’s geographical position as surrounded by Read more

04 Sep 2018

Indigenous students’ success program review: IRU submission

The IRU has submitted a response to the Government’s recent discussion paper on the revamped Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP). The IRU supports the aim of the revamped ISSP to give universities greater flexibility to use the funds allocated to achieve the best outcomes for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Australian universities have strikingly Read more

12 Jul 2018 | Funding, Research

Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research

The IRU has made a submission to the House of Representatives’ Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research, which is looking at the efficiency and effectiveness of Australian Government funding for research. The IRU says the key opportunity for this inquiry is to recognise the value the Australian Government gets from its investment in research and identify Read more

01 May 2018 | University Operations

IRU response to HESP Professional Accreditation Recommendations

The IRU supports the conclusions of the Higher Education Standard Panel’s (HESP) advice on the impacts of professional accreditation and puts forward three recommendations for consideration.

28 Feb 2018

IRU submission to Senate Inquiry on HELP reforms

The IRU has made a written submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018. The Bill proposes four changes to the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP), of which the lower first repayment threshold and the inclusion of HECS-HELP within a lifelong loan cap are the most Read more

16 Feb 2018 | Students, University Operations

Redevelopment and audit of HE data collection

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has responded to the Department of Education & Training discussion paper about revamping and simplifying student data collection processes. The IRU supports efforts to improve the efficiency and quality of the Higher Education Data Collection. However we recommend careful consideration of the costs and timeframe required for implementing these changes, some Read more