Securing Australia’s Future
SAF13: Research training system review
Australia’s Higher Degree by Research (HDR) training system is critical to our future economic strength. It provides a highly qualified research workforce, enabling research and innovation across the academic, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors, as well as contributing substantially to Australia’s and the world’s body of knowledge.
The Minister for Education and Training announced [Media release May 2015] that the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) had been commissioned to undertake a review of Australia’s research training system, to ensure that it meets the country’s research needs in the 21st-century.
The review examined the areas outlined in the terms of reference (PDF) set by the Minister for Education and Training, and reported to the Australian Government in March 2016.
The review has engaged widely with stakeholders, including higher education and research institutes, HDR candidates and graduates, peak bodies, industry, business groups, government agencies, experts, and not-for-profit organisations in order to deliver evidence-based findings which identify opportunities to improve Australia’s HDR training system.
Launch of the Research training system review
Review of Australia’s Research Training System was launched by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham during his speech at the Knowledge Nation Summit in Sydney on Thursday 14 April 2016
Expert Working Group
The Australian Council of Learned Academies has appointed the Expert Working Group [media release July 2015] to conduct the Review of Australia’s Research Training System, as announced by the Minister for Education and Training in May 2015. The Expert Working Group will meet, and then call for written submissions from interested parties. This will be followed by a period of consultations in various locations around Australia.
|Mr John McGagh (Chair)
Chair, Institute of Chemical Engineers Australia; former Global Head of Innovation, Rio Tinto
|Professor Helene Marsh (Deputy Chair)
Dean, Graduate Research, James Cook University
|Professor Mark Western (Deputy Chair)
Director, Institute of Social Science Research, University of Queensland
|Professor Michael Barber
Chair, ACOLA Securing Australia’s Future Program Steering Committee; former Vice Chancellor, Flinders University
|Professor Majella Franzmann
former Pro Vice Chancellor, Humanities, Curtin University
|Emeritus Professor Cindy Gallois
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Queensland
|Professor Stephen Garton
Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney
|Professor Jim McCluskey
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Melbourne
|Professor Robyn Owens
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Western Australia
|Mr John McGagh||Professor Helene Marsh|
|Professor Mark Western||Dr Peter Thomas|
|Dr Andrew Hastings||Dr Milla Mihailova|
|Dr Matt Wenham|
Project Funding and Support
ACOLA gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Australian Government through the Commonwealth Science Council; Australian Research Council and the Office of the Chief Scientist. This research was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.
The Expert Working Group is grateful to stakeholders who have contributed to this Review through written submissions, consultation workshops and interviews. Stakeholder contributions are listed under Evidence Gathering. This Review would not have been possible without the enthusiastic engagement of so many stakeholders around Australia, from the higher education, industry, and government sectors, as well as from HDR candidates themselves.
Particular thanks go to the Australian Council of Graduate Research for their constant engagement and advice throughout the review process.
Project management services were provided collaboratively by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Australian Academy of Science. These contributions are gratefully acknowledged.
The Expert Working Group also thanks the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Department of Education and Training for guidance and advice throughout the Review.
Project Management Support
|Dr Andrew Hastings, Senior Research and Policy Officer Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering|
|Dr Chris Hatherly, Director, Science Policy and Projects Australian Academy of Science|
|Dr Milla Mihailova, Research and Policy Officer, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering|
|Dr Peter Thomas, Research Manager, Australian Academy of Science|
|Dr Matt Wenham, Executive Manager, Policy and Projects Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering|
|Project services provided by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering on behalf of ACOLA|