About the Review
The Review aimed to help ensure that Australia’s research training system is truly world class and capable of underpinning our capacity for learned inquiry, innovation and productivity.
The Review engaged higher education and research institutions, peak bodies, industry, and government agencies to gather information regarding opportunities to improve Australia’s research training system and deliver evidence based findings.
The report of the Review is available on the ACOLA website.
On 4 November 2016, the Government announced it had accepted the Review’s six recommendations.
Research Training Implementation Plan
In response to Recommendation 1 of the Review, a Research Training Implementation Working Group was established to develop an implementation plan and consider further actions to respond to the Review’s findings. The Working Group comprised representatives from the higher education, government and industry sectors, including Indigenous and higher degree by research (HDR) student representatives.
The Implementation Plan outlines 18 actions for the higher education, government and industry sectors to respond to the Review’s findings. The actions address five Priority Issues:
- Pathways to HDR training
- Industry-university collaboration, including placements
- Equity, including Indigenous participation
- Quality of the HDR training system
- Data and evidence to better monitor HDR system performance.
In August 2017, the Working Group Chair, Professor Robyn Owens, wrote to the Minister for Education and Training to present him with the Implementation Plan.
On 22 December 2017, the Implementation Plan was released by the Minister for Education and Training.
The Department of Education and Training, in consultation with responsible agencies, will monitor and report on the implementation of the 18 agreed actions. The department will publish updates on its website every six months, starting in mid-2018.
Previous reports and background
Initiatives to enhance the professional development of research students
(Department of Education and Training)
Workshop Outcomes: Doctoral Research Training in Our Region
(Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies)
Research Education Experience
(Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations)
Research Skills for an Innovative Future: Business Views and Needs
(Business High Education Roundtable)
Examination of the Full Cost of Research Training
(Deloitte Access Economics)