UA is the peak body for Australia’s 39 comprehensive universities. Our members are spread across Australia, in both regional and metropolitan areas. They educate about 1.5 million students each year and employ over 130,000 people. Our members undertake all university research in Australia, adding to the country’s stock of knowledge, and economic and social wellbeing.
Universities Australia recommends the Senate supports amending the Australian Research Council Act 2001 to remove Ministerial decision-making on individual research applications.
Universities Australia recommends that, if the Senate decides that Ministerial decision-making on individual research applications should continue, then a predictable, transparent and informed process be in place for those decisions.
Read UA’s full submission in the attached PDF.