The review noted “serious and legitimate concerns” held by Australia’s universities about sweeping proposals that would have restricted collaborative research.
Dr Thom has recommended a consultative process to develop a practical and proportionate response to gaps identified in export control legislation.
Universities Australia Acting Chief Executive Anne-Marie Lansdown said the review and the initial Government responseproposed a pragmatic way forward.
“Universities are an essential part of Australia’s national security, from producing highly skilled graduates to work in our defence and security agencies, to fostering world-leading discoveries that enhance our national security capabilities,” Ms Lansdown said.
“Universities look forward to work constructively with Government to enhance our national security, while safeguarding our world-leading research and development capability,” she said.
“Dr Thom has delivered a measured and practical report. Universities commend her thoughtful analysis.”
The Government’s response has accepted recommendations to establish a new working group with universities and other stakeholders to develop any new proposals.