25 Sep 2019

Investing in tertiary education infrastructure for the 2020s

The IRU has issued a statement on the Emergency Response Fund Bill 2019 and Emergency Response Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019, both currently under consideration by Parliament. While not the headline intent of the Bills, successful passage of the legislation would see the Government close a substantial vehicle to invest in tertiary education infrastructure, the Read more

01 Jul 2019 | Students

Academic Cheating – IRU response to Draft Bill

The IRU has responded to the Government’s Draft Bill to prohibit academic cheating services, saying it is concerned that the draft legislation is too broad in seeking to cover all cases of cheating through use of another party. Commercial services should be the target, says the IRU.

14 Jun 2019 | Education, Students

Review of the Melbourne Declaration: IRU response

The Education Council is reviewing the national schools statement known as the Melbourne Declaration. The IRU has responded to the review regarding the link between schools and subsequent (higher) education.

07 Jun 2019

Australian and NZ Standard Research Classification review – IRU submission

The IRU has submitted its response to the review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), which seeks to ensure research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to change in the research sector. The review is being jointly undertaken by ARC, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ), Read more

16 May 2019

ARC National Science and Research Priorities review – IRU response

The IRU has submitted a response to the Implementation of the National Science and Research Priorities inquiry, making five broad points.

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