13. Research training system review

Review of Australia’s Research Training System – Final Report

On Wednesday 20 May 2015 the Minister for Education and Training announced that the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) had been commissioned to undertake a review of Australia’s research training system, to ensure that it meets the country’s research needs in the 21st-century.

The review examined the areas outlined in the terms of reference set by the Minister for Education and Training, and reported to the Australian Government in March 2016.

The review was undertaken by an Expert Working Group chaired by Mr John McGagh FTSE.

Those interested in the review were able to have their say by providing a written submission or by participating in one of the public forum consultation events held in October and November 2015. Details of these events and the written submissions can be found here.

The final report was launched by the 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 with a media release from ACOLA.

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 announcing 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.

Project services provided by AAS and ATSE on behalf of ACOLA.