News | 7 January 2020

On 18 December 2019, the department released thefinal 2020 HERDC Specifications following consultation with the higher education sector. The Specifications (for the collection of 2019 data) provide guidance to higher education providers on their reporting requirements for research and development income data.

News | 18 December 2019

2020 research block grants allocations have now been announced

In 2020, the Government will continue its support for university research with funding of $1.96 billion through two research block grants programs - the Research Training Program (RTP) and the Research Support Program (RSP).

$910 million through the RSP will provide support to the indirect and systemic costs of research and over $1 billion through the RTP will provide scholarships to support the training of over 40,000 PhD and Research Masters students.

More information on research block grants

News | 3 December 2019

The website is designed for recent secondary school graduates, school leavers, potential mature aged students and those switching from VET into higher education.

ComparED allows potential students to view over 100 institutions and compare up to 6 different institutions and/or study areas at a time, including agriculture and environmental studies, computing and information systems.

The data displayed is based on student surveys collecting feedback on their overall experiences during their higher education study, their job prospects and starting salary.

Visit for more information.

News | 21 November 2019

The department has released the first year (2018) of data on the level of engagement by PhD and Research Masters students with businesses and other end-users of research. This new data collection responds to Action Item 2.4 of the Research Training Implementation Plan, which called on the department to establish baseline data on internships and other collaboration.

Data for 2018 shows the number of research students undertaking internships and/or receiving joint supervision by both an academic member of staff and an employee of a business or other end-user organisation.

News | 14 November 2019

On Thursday 14 November, the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP announced the release of the Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector. The Guidelines were developed by the University Foreign Interference Taskforce and are designed to protect the university sector by supporting an environment of trust and guiding decision making, based on potential risks, so Australian universities can continue to produce world class research.

News | 7 November 2019

2019/20 Drought Relief - funding for childcare and non-government schools

$5 million from the Community Child Care Fund will help assist childcare services that are experiencing decreased demand and financial pressure due to families from drought-affected areas being unable to pay for child care.

Early Childhood and Child Care

$20 million to support schools facing financial hardship as a result of ongoing drought conditions, including fee concessions for boarding students and additional counseling services.

News | 2 October 2019

The department has released the draft 2020 HERDC Specifications for sector feedback. The Specifications provide guidance to higher education providers on their annual reporting requirements for research and development income. 

Feedback can be sent to and is due by 24 October 2019.

News | 23 September 2019

The Australian Government is establishing a small pool of up to 60 medical Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) drawn from existing university allocations every three years. These places will be redistributed between universities to support key health workforce priorities. The first round for 2021 will focus on helping to build the rural and regional medical workforce.  

The department has released a discussion paper inviting stakeholder comments on the establishment and implementation of the redistribution pool. The paper also invites input to help develop specific policy parameters for the rollout of the redistribution process over successive triennial periods.

News | 5 September 2019

This research project shares experiences and case studies of Australian providers who have delivered or are delivering Australian education and training in Indonesia across all sectors, outlining models of engagement and regulatory settings for this delivery, together with an evidence base for Australia’s ongoing efforts to advance education services with Indonesia.

News | 7 August 2019

This final report presents the expert panel's considerations and recommendations, highlighting major findings from the sector and statistical analyses, and flagging future work for the development of a fit for purpose, fair, robust and feasible performance-based funding scheme.

News | 11 June 2019

Launched in 2016 to support implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025, the Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) program has supported a total of 28 projects in its first two funding rounds. A number of these are now completed, and final reports are now available for viewing on the international education website.

News | 22 March 2019

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News | 17 January 2019

On 16 January 2019, the Australian Government announced an extra $10 million from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to upgrade six leading Australian research facilities to ensure they are at the forefront of science and technology.

A full list of the six projects funded can be found here

News | 16 January 2019

The report of the National Research Infrastructure Census for 2015-16 and 16-17 has been released. The report provides an aggregated picture of the use and outcomes from National Research Infrastructure (NRI), including the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) projects, supporting quality research that benefits Australia. A summary of the findings is presented in a snapshot.