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 draft 2017 HERDC Specifications (for the collection of 2016 data) have been released to the sector for consultation and are now available for comment. 

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

Comments on Draft 2017 HERDC Specifications

The deadline for comments on the draft 2017 HERDC Specifications is by close of business, Friday 10 February 2017. Please forward your comments to RBGrants@education.gov.au. Any queries about this consultation process should also be directed to RBGrants@education.gov.au.

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 has been released and is available.

The provisional definitions published ahead of the consultation paper have now been removed. Please provide any feedback on these definitions through the consultation submission process.

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.