Universities Australia supports the advancement of Australia’s university research system to ensure it is capable of delivering future prosperity and wellbeing for all Australians. The following five Policy Principles have been agreed by all 39 member universities and act to guide our policy and advocacy work in this area:

  • International excellence in research and scholarship in universities contributes substantially to Australians’ prosperity, productivity and quality of life;
  • A national research and innovation system that enables, drives and sustains collaborative engagement and generates positive returns for industry, society and government requires long-term investment that aligns with our national aspirations;
  • Australia’s place among research and innovation leaders internationally is secured by promoting, attracting and fostering national and international collaboration;
  • Long-term, sustainable research capacity and capability requires a core funding framework ; and
  • Resources are allocated to balance support for research excellence wherever it exists, and to build the nation’s research capability where it is needed, both within and beyond the university sector.

A strong university research system will ensure that the full potential of Australian research is used to power Australia’s economic and industrial renewal and diversification; increase Australia’s innovation and improve productivity; help Australians understand and manage social, cultural and economic change and help Australians and Australia build relationships with other peoples and nations. It will also improve the capacity of the Australian research effort to address national and global challenges across all disciplines.

Research, Innovation, Health & Workforce News & Articles

Fees for external examiners 5 Jan 2017
Universities Australia regularly reviews the standard fees that it recommends universities pay to external examiners for Masters, PhDs, and Higher and Professional Doctorates.
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Cutting university infrastructure – not so clever 19 Dec 2016
Closing the $3.7 billion Education Investment Fund (EIF) would make it harder for Australia to create new jobs, generate research breakthroughs and compete for international students – our third largest export.
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Research, Innovation, Health & Workforce Submissions, Reports and Studies

Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Submission 17 Jan 2017
Government investment in first class research infrastructure is vital to the long-term sustainability of Australia’s research program, driving innovation, economic productivity and social benefits for the nation.
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Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Submission (pdf 344.9KB) 16 Jan 2017
Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Submission
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