Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said:
“We note the Australian Research Council (ARC) reform package announced by the Acting Minister for Education Stuart Robert MP,” Ms Jackson said.
“As the nation’s largest non-medical research grants organisation, the ARC is a significant pillar underpinning the research that contributes to our country’s social and economic fabric. We look forward to maintaining the ARC’s robust peer review processes for grant selection.”
“The ARC plays a critical role supporting the foundational research that leads to tomorrow’s great innovations. We note the Minister’s recognition of fundamental research – research that creates new knowledge.”
“Our universities have a profound impact on the lives of Australians. They provide research and expertise that guides us through difficult times and builds prosperity for us all.”
“We also note with extreme concern the extended delay in announcing results for major ARC grants. Delays have a significant impact on our researchers’ ability to commence their work, honour collaboration arrangements and confidently plan ahead.”
“Universities Australia looks forward to working through the details of the reform package with Government through 2022.”