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

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