Higher Education Research Data Collection

About the HERDC

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) comprises of research income data submitted by universities each 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.

2017 HERDC Specifications

The 2017 HERDC Specifications (for the collection of 2016 data) are now available.

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

2017 HERDC Smart Forms for the Collection of 2016 Data

The 2017 Smart Form is now available for the reporting of 2016 data for HERDC. Instructions for the electronic submission of HERDC returns are also available.

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

Returns are due by 30 June 2017.

2018 HERDC Specifications

The draft 2018 HERDC Specifications (for the collection of 2017 data) have been released to the sector for consultation and are now available for comment.

In releasing the draft 2018 HERDC Specifications ahead of usual processes, the department is aiming to finalise the definitions for 2017 data as early as possible, allowing universities the maximum possible time to implement any changes required before returns are due on 30 June 2018.

Comments on Draft 2018 HERDC Specifications

The deadline for comments on the draft 2018 HERDC Specifications is by close of business, Friday 30 June 2017. Please forward your comments to RBGrants@education.gov.au with "2018 HERDC Specifications – consultation feedback" in the subject line.

Any queries about this consultation process should also be directed to RBGrants@education.gov.au.

Historical Information - HERDC Specifications

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