Draft 2019 HERDC Specifications and consultation paper released

Wednesday 19 September 2018


Draft 2019 HERDC Specifications

The Department of Education and Training (the department) has released the draft 2019 higher education research data collection (HERDC) Specifications for sector feedback.

The HERDC Specifications incorporate the self-assessment for Category 1 pack that was developed following consultation process from November 2017 to May 2018, taking into consideration sector feedback. 

Effect of new accounting standards on HERDC requirements – consultation paper

On 1 January 2019, higher education providers are required to adopt new accounting standards, which may impact the approach taken to complete HERDC returns for 2019 research and development income. The department has released a consultation paper to seek sector feedback and gather information on the likely impact of these changes on the HERDC returns. 

Sector feedback will inform development of guidance for the 2020 HERDC Specifications, to allow HEPs the maximum possible time to implement any changes required before returns are due on 30 June 2020.

Feedback on both the draft 2019 HERDC Specifications and consultation paper can be provided by email to RBGrants@education.gov.au with the following subject line "2019 HERDC Specifications – consultation feedback" by 17 October 2018.