Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2018 – Senate inquiry

Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2018 – Senate inquiry

1st March, 2022

AAMRI has put forward a submission to the Senate inquiry into the Australian Research Council Amendment Bill 2018. The submission makes the following points;

  • AAMRI is a strong supporter of expert reviews being used to determine the relative strength of Australian research council funding applications.
  • Expert reviews ensure that public funding is only invested in outstanding world-class research.
  • The value of research needs to be considered by the economic, social, cultural and health benefits it delivers to the nation.
  • Research proposals should be assessed by subject experts using transparent and rigorous criteria.
  • It is unreasonable to shift the goalposts by introducing new assessment criteria after application rounds have been completed.
  • The increased use of ministerial vetoes undermines the expert review process.

A full copy of the submission can be found below.