Backing university research with record funding

Media Release
  • Minister for Education and Training

Australia’s universities are set for a record $1.92 billion injection in research block grant funding from the Turnbull Government to support our world-class researchers and drive greater collaboration with industry.

 

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the announcement today of the 2018 research block grants demonstrated the Turnbull Government's strong support for improving the quality of research and the competitiveness of Australia's research universities.

  

Australian universities are the engine room of our nation’s research output,” Minister Birmingham said.

 

“That’s why we’ve boosted funding by $30 million so researchers can contribute to make discoveries that deliver real economic and social benefits for Australians.

 

“Through the Research Training Program over $1 billion of this funding will directly support over 40,000 Masters and PhD students’ advance their research studies. 

 

“Our strong investment in research and development will help to ensure Australian researchers can turn ideas into new knowledge that will support our economy and help create employment opportunities into the future.”

 

Today’s announcement of the 2018 research block grants coincides with the release of an action plan in response to the Review of Australia’s Research Training System by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).

 

The action plan was developed by a working group chaired by University of Western Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Robyn Owens and included university, industry, government, Indigenous and postgraduate student representatives.

 

Minister Birmingham said the development of the action plan was a result of the university, industry and government sectors working closely together to deliver better outcomes for postgraduate research students.

 

“The action plan reflects the importance of combining all of our efforts to build a research training system that best serves our students and ultimately our nation as a whole,” Minister Birmingham said.  

 

“This plan includes actions to boost the employment prospects of students through greater access to work placements and internships that will better prepare them for jobs in academia and industry.

 

“It also improves support for Indigenous students by increasing access to scholarships and identifies measures to ensure Australia’s research training system maintains its high international standing.”

 

The Department of Education and Training will monitor and report on progress every six months from mid-2018.

 

For more information on the 2018 research block grants visit www.education.gov.au/research-block-grants and to view the research training action plan go to www.education.gov.au/review-australia-s-research-training-system.

 

2018 research block grant allocations

 

Higher Education Provider

State or Territory

Research Support Program

Research Training Program

Total 2018 RBG Funding

Australian Catholic University

OTHER

$3,424,143

 $3,770,609

 $7,194,752

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

NT

$139,562

 $148,106

 $287,668

Bond University

QLD

$1,901,837

 $1,892,978

 $3,794,815

Central Queensland University

QLD

$2,377,461

 $3,404,270

 $5,781,731

Charles Darwin University

NT

$9,899,305

 $7,267,032

 $17,166,337

Charles Sturt University

NSW

$3,598,245

 $6,378,749

 $9,976,994

Curtin University of Technology

WA

$19,742,927

 $25,858,688

 $45,601,615

Deakin University

VIC

$11,699,697

 $19,598,056

 $31,297,753

Edith Cowan University

WA

$4,186,845

 $7,105,163

 $11,292,008

Federation University Australia

VIC

$1,579,509

 $2,169,645

 $3,749,154

Griffith University

QLD

$17,280,378

 $23,169,164

 $40,449,542

James Cook University

QLD

$12,447,926

 $14,427,729

 $26,875,655

La Trobe University

VIC

$15,060,569

 $18,365,955

 $33,426,524

Macquarie University

NSW

$16,014,635

 $27,882,360

 $43,896,995

MCD University of Divinity

VIC

$665,961

 $909,432

 $1,575,393

Monash University

VIC

$83,168,822

 $87,171,392

 $170,340,214

Murdoch University

WA

$7,970,591

 $9,848,477

 $17,819,068

Queensland University of Technology

QLD

$22,595,426

 $30,990,269

 $53,585,695

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

VIC

$12,984,582

 $21,299,546

 $34,284,128

Southern Cross University

NSW

$3,161,627

 $4,356,024

 $7,517,651

Swinburne University of Technology

VIC

$6,578,598

 $11,474,859

 $18,053,457

The Australian National University

ACT

$63,099,405

 $57,137,479

 $120,236,884

The Flinders University of South Australia

SA

$12,237,961

 $15,608,567

 $27,846,528

The University of Adelaide

SA

$41,189,975

 $46,863,361

 $88,053,336

The University of Melbourne

VIC

$99,172,188

 $98,125,800

 $197,297,988

The University of Notre Dame Australia

WA

$721,208

 $829,339

 $1,550,547

The University of Queensland

QLD

$90,578,754

 $96,434,509

 $187,013,263

The University of Sydney

NSW

$88,041,396

 $97,506,238

 $185,547,634

The University of Western Australia

WA

$46,011,505

 $48,455,951

 $94,467,456

Torrens University Australia

SA

$65,097

 $45,773

 $110,870

University of Canberra

ACT

$4,007,502

 $5,140,409

 $9,147,911

University of New England

NSW

$7,271,527

 $9,072,108

 $16,343,635

University of New South Wales

NSW

$79,757,049

 $89,660,032

 $169,417,081

University of Newcastle

NSW

$22,158,778

 $24,081,091

 $46,239,869

University of South Australia

SA

$15,313,264

 $19,755,882

 $35,069,146

University of Southern Queensland

QLD

$3,281,984

 $5,294,359

 $8,576,343

University of Tasmania

TAS

$23,436,420

 $24,642,196

 $48,078,616

University of Technology, Sydney

NSW

$12,495,679

 $17,080,827

 $29,576,506

University of the Sunshine Coast

QLD

$3,222,645

 $2,776,778

 $5,999,423

University of Western Sydney

NSW

$7,485,336

 $10,865,616

 $18,350,952

University of Wollongong

NSW

$13,743,123

 $22,740,490

 $36,483,613

Victoria University

VIC

$4,245,952

 $7,478,454

 $11,724,406

Total

 

$894,015,394

 $1,027,083,762

 $1,921,099,156

 

 

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