13. Securing Australia's Future - Research training system review

The review of the research training system will engage higher education and research institutions, peak bodies, industry, and government agencies in order to identify opportunities to improve Australia’s research training system and deliver evidence-based findings to inform government policy.

Final Report

Review of Australia Research Training System, launched by Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham during his speech at the Knowledge Nation Summit in Sydney on Thursday 14 April 2016, is now available:


Expert Working Group

Mr John McGagh FTSE (Chair) - Chair, Institute of Chemical Engineers Australia; former Global Head of Innovation, Rio Tinto

Professor Helene Marsh FAA FTSE (Deputy Chair) - Dean, Graduate Research, James Cook University

Professor Mark Western FASSA (Deputy Chair) - Director, Institute of Social Science Research, University of Queensland

Professor Michael Barber FAA FTSE – Chair, ACOLA Securing Australia’s Future Program Steering Committee; former Vice Chancellor, Flinders University

Professor Majella Franzmann FAHA – former Pro Vice Chancellor, Humanities, Curtin University

Emeritus Professor Cindy Gallois FASSA – Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Queensland

Professor Stephen Garton FAHA FASSA – Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney

Professor Jim McCluskey FAA - Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Melbourne

Professor Robyn Owens FTSE – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Western Australia



Related information

Media release annoucing The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, 20 May 2015, can be viewed here

Letter from ACOLA President Dr Alan Finkel AO, 26 May 2015 can be viewed here.

Media release announcing EWG appointment, 9 July 2015 can be viewed here.


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