Comment from Science & Technology Australia CEO Misha Schubert on the Australian Government’s acceptance or acceptance in principle of all ten recommendations of a major review of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Act.
“These changes will strengthen Australia’s research system – on which our country’s health, wealth and safety rely – and put in place guardrails to prevent political interference in awarding research grants.”
“Curbing the temptation for Ministers to meddle in complex research is a powerful positive reform.”
“These thoughtful changes will also safeguard discovery research funding, start a transformative shift to a two-stage application process, and foster deeper partnerships with Indigenous researchers and communities.”
“A two-stage application process will be a win for productivity, wellbeing and morale in Australia’s brilliant research workforce. It can free up researchers who spend hundreds of hours writing full funding applications – when only around one in five of those applications gets funded.”
“These legislative and regulatory changes will strengthen the ARC’s operations and independence – a powerful legacy to help secure our country’s future prosperity.”
We thank Education Minister Jason Clare and the Australian Government for adopting the comprehensive thoughtful blueprint for ARC modernisation developed by Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Professor Susan Dodds and Professor Mark Hutchinson.
Read the full Review of the Australian Research Council Act report.
Read the full Australian Government response here.
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