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About the Higher Education Research Data Collection
The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) specifications are used by higher education providers (HEPs) to submit their annual research and development (R&D) income data. They control the collection of higher education R&D income data and ensure that Australian Government RBGs are allocated in a fair and transparent way.
HERDC data, along with higher degrees by research (HDR) student completions data, is used to determine annual research block grant (RBG) allocations to HEPs.
The Department of Education updates and releases new HERDC specifications each year in consultation with HEPs and other relevant stakeholders.
HEPs must submit their research income data via the System to Evaluate the Excellence of Research (SEER). A spreadsheet version of the HERDC template is available to assist HEPs in the initial preparation of HERDC data.
Revised draft HERDC specifications for the collection of 2023 data
The Revised draft HERDC specifications for the collection of 2023 data are now available. The deadline for comments is 5pm AEDT, Friday 15 December 2023.
Comments or questions regarding the revised draft specifications can be provided to email@example.com
Category 1 self-assessment – Frequently asked questions
The Category 1 self-assessment – Frequently asked questions is designed to assist HEPs to self-assess their R&D income, in conjunction with the HERDC specifications to determine what can be reported as Category 1 income.
Historical information – HERDC specifications
Historical HERDC data is available in the research income time series.
Recent HERDC specifications are provided below.
- HERDC specifications for the collection of 2022 data
- HERDC specifications for the collection of 2021 data
- HERDC specifications for the collection of 2020 data
Older HERDC specifications can be located by searching the RBG resources webpage.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org