Higher Education Research Data Collection


About the HERDC

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) comprises of research income data submitted by universities to the departmenteach year. Each year, the department updates the HERDC Specifications in consultation with universities and other relevant stakeholders. The HERDC specifications control the collection of higher education research data and are designed to ensure the Australian Government's research block grants are allocated in a fair and transparent way and to support the policy intent of the funding.

Data collected, along with data from the Higher Education Student Data Collection, is used to determine annual allocations to universities for the research block grants.

2019 HERDC Specifications

The 2019 HERDC Specifications (for the collection of 2018 data) are now available.

For enquiries relating to the specifications of the collection, email: RBGrants@education.gov.au with "HERDC" in the subject line

2019 HERDC Smart Forms for the Collection of 2018 Data

The 2019 Smart Form  is now available for the reporting of 2018 data for HERDC. 

For instructions for the electronic submission of HERDC refer to the Department's instruction document.

A spreadsheet version of the form  is available to assist universities with the initial preparation of HERDC data.

Returns are due by 30 June 2019.

Historical Information - HERDC Specifications

2007 to 2009 HERDC Specifications are available by emailing the department at: RBGrants@education.gov.au with "HERDC" in the subject line.