Review of the Australian Research Council Act 2001

An independent review into the Australian Research Council Act 2001 (ARC Review) is considering the role and purpose of the Australian Research Council within the university research system so it can meet current and future needs.

The Review is considering how the ARC’s legislation can be developed to provide clarity on objectives and processes to drive renewed focus within the organisation. The Review is also considering whether the scope of the current legislation is sufficient to support an effective and efficient university research system and provide recommendations.

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On 30 August 2022 the Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education announced the ARC Review. The Minister for Education appointed Professor Margaret Sheil AO (Panel Chair), Professor Susan Dodds and Professor Mark Hutchinson to manage the ARC Review.

The independent ARC Review Panel was tasked with the following Terms of Reference.

ARC Review Consultation

The ARC Review Panel released a consultation paper on 9 November 2022 and invited public submissions. Submissions closed on 14 December 2022.

The ARC Review Panel will provide the Minister for Education with a Final Report with recommendations in the second quarter of 2023.