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

2018 HERDC Specifications: Provisional data definitions for category 2, 3 and 4

The Minister for Education and Training has agreed to the recommendations of the Watt Review including the need for future changes to reporting requirements. The changes to reporting requirements include changes to category 2, 3 and 4 sub-categories in the 2018 HERDC Specification for the 2017 data year.

The department has previously indicated that further consultation will occur on the changing data requirements, including notifying universities of provisional definitions of the new sub-categories.

A consultation paper was released in January 2017 and invited submissions over a period of 31 January to 8 March 2017.  

Submissions for this consultation process have now closed.

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.