Policy and Submissions

Policy

A key objective of the Regional Universities Network is to provide advice to government, particularly with regard to tertiary education and regional development. It regularly makes submissions to government and parliamentary reviews and inquiries and from time to time also develops policy papers and commissions research on topics of special interest.

Clever Regions, Clever Australia

The Regional Universities Network policy statement Clever Regions, Clever Australia, Policy Advice for an Incoming Government 2016, details ways in which government can help unlock the full human potential of regional Australia.

Submissions

2017

RUN submission on possible key elements of HEPPP guidelines

RUN has lodged a submission on the draft possible key elements of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) guidelines.

RUN submission into the inquiry into the HESLA Bill 2017

RUN lodged a submission into the inquiry into the Highgher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017.

RUN submission on Innovation and Science Australia - 2030 Strategic Plan Issues Paper

RUN lodged a submission on the Innovation and Science Australia - 2030 Strategic Plan Issues Paper

RUN submission on the draft admissions transparency implementation plan

RUN lodged a submission on the draft admissions transparency implementation plan.

2016

RUN submission on the report of the review of the R&D Tax Incentive

RUN lodged a submission on the report of the review of the Research and Development Tax Incentive.

RUN submission on the National Research Infrastructure Capabilities Issues Paper

RUN lodged a submission on the National Research Infrastructure Capabilities Issues Paper.

RUN submission on the review of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program

RUN lodged a submission on the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program which is being evaluated by ACIL Allen Consulting on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

RUN submission to the Structural review of the NHMRC's grant program

Professor Caroline Finch of Federation University Australia made a submission to the Structural review of the NHMRC's grant program on behalf of the RUN DVC/PVC (Research) group.

RUN submission on the consultation paper Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education

RUN lodged a submission on the Government's consultation paper Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education.

RUN submission on consultation paper Sharper Incentives for Engagement:  New Research Block Grants Arrangements

RUN lodged a submission on the consultation paper Sharper Incentives for Engagement:  New Research Block Grants Arrangements.

RUN submission on the Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation Paper

RUN lodged a submission to the Australian Research Council on the Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation Paper.

RUN submission on the transparency of higher education admissions processes

RUN lodged a submission to the Higher Edcuation Standards Panel consultation on the transparency of higher education admissions processes

RUN submission to the inquiry into Australia's future in research and innovation

RUN lodged a submission to the inquiry into Australia's future in research and innovation conducted by the Joint Select Committee on Trade and Investment Growth.

2015

RUN submission to the review of the research training system

RUN provided a submission to the review of the research training system being conducted on behalf of the Government by the Australian Council of Learned Academies.

RUN submission to the consultations on the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) redesign consultations

RUN provided a submission on the process and issues relating to the PELTHE redesign.

Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry into the future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia

RUN's submission to the Senate Committee inquiry into the future role and contribution of regional capitals emphasises the critical role regional universities play as one of the largest and most visible assets in their regions.

Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill (HERR) 2015

RUN's submission on the HERR Bill has been submitted to both the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee, and the Senate Education and Employment References Committee, and addresses five of the terms of reference of the latter committee's inquiry.  The submission should be read in conjunction with the RUN submission to Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill made in September 2014.

2014

Submission in response to the Government's Discussion paper Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research

RUN's submission outlines its position with respect to the setting of national priorities for research, incentives for research-industry collaboration, research infrastructure, access to research, industry relevant research training and measuring outcomes.

Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment (HERRA) Bill 2014

Regional universities play a fundamental role in the development of their communities and operate in thin markets with low population density and demand. The higher education sector is also faced with a continuing decline in Government funding per student.   The RUN submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee on the HERRA Bill supports fee deregulation subject to changes in the Bill and the Higher Education Participation Program to recognise the particular circumstances of regional universities and regional students.

Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the Innovation System

RUN's submission to the Innovation Inquiry outlines the fundamental role played by regional universities in innovation, productivity and national development.  For Australia to remain a prosperous nation with high standards of health and well-being, it will be important for the Government’s policy settings to encourage innovation across diverse industry sectors and geographic locations. 

Submission to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group

RUN made a submission to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group addressing two areas identified in the Advisory Group's issues paper:

  • 1. The characteristics that should be fostered and developed in graduate teachers through their initial teacher education; and
  • 4.6 and 4.7 Issues relating to Australia's shortage of maths, science and language teachers.
     

2013

Submission to the Review of the Demand Driven System

RUN made a submission to the Review of the Demand Driven System being undertaken by the Hon Dr David Kemp and Mr Andrew Norton on behalf of the Government. 

Submission to the Commission of Audit

The Regional Universities Network made a submission to the Commission of Audit which was established by the Australian Government to review and report on the performance, functions and roles of the Commonwealth. RUN's submission and its cover sheet are available.

Position paper on food security

Food security is a long-term, transformational issue for Australia.  RUN universities have the knowledge, research and innovation, professional skills and regional development capacity to pioneer advances in food security and are uniquely placed to engage with food producers and drive innovation.  A position paper has been prepared detailing the contributions of RUN universities to food security. 

Assessing the wider benefits of university-based research

The Regional Universities Network has made a submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) in response to the Department's discussion paper on assessing the wider benefits of university-based research. DIICCSRTE's discussion paper is also available.

Regional Development Policy Position

Following on from our regional impact study – Regional Universities Network: Engaging with regions, building a stronger nation – RUN has endorsed a new Regional Development Policy Position

Submission to the Coalition's Online Higher Education Working Group

The submission to the Coalition's Online Higher Education Working Group outlines the position of the Regional Universities Network concerning the key issues and challenges related to the development of online higher education in Australia.

Submission to Menzies Research Centre on the New Colombo Plan

The submission builds on the policy “Implementation of a 21st century plan for the Asia-Pacific which would act to encourage two-way student and staff exchanges from regional Australian universities to Asia-Pacific universities” articulated in the RUN policy document Smarter Regions, Smarter Australia.

The economic impact of RUN universities

A study of the economic impact of RUN universities has revealed that they contribute $2.1 billion in gross domestic product, $1.2 billion in household income and more than 14,000 (full time equivalent) jobs.  

In addition to the enormous direct economic benefits of the universities themselves, the study shows that graduates of regional universities largely embark on their careers in regional areas, boosting human capital, bolstering services and raising the average income levels.

2012

Regional Universities Network Accord Document

The RUN Accord document was signed by all member Universities on Monday, 19 November 2012.

Regional Universities Network Accord Progress

The Regional Universities Network is committed to enhancing its capacity and sustainability through greater collaboration between it's member universities.

Submission to the Australian Graduate Survey Review from RUN - a combined response to the three discussion papers

RUN submission in response to the discussion papers on the Australian Graduate Survey, generic skills and performance measurement instruments.

2011

Defining Quality for Research Training in Australia

The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is pleased to provide this submission in response to the Defining Quality for Research Training in Australia Consultation Paper. Regional universities have a distinctive role to play in the national research and innovation framework, including the provision of research training.

Senate Inquiry into higher education and skills training to support future demand in agriculture and agribusiness in Australia

RUN submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry into higher education and skills training to support future demand in agriculture and agribusiness in Australia.