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A stronger Australian Research Council the cornerstone of our national research structure

21 March 2024

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) believes the Australian Research Council (ARC) will be stronger and the trusted and stable cornerstone needed for our national research system with the passage of the Australian Research Council Amendment (Review Response) Bill 2023.

ATN Interim Executive Director, Frank Coletta, said the legislation, including the establishment of an independent ARC Board and amendment of current funding arrangements, provides greater certainty moving forward.

“We are pleased to see the Federal Government has acted on the review recommendations. It is crucial that the ARC can perform its mandated activities with confidence and with the backing of the higher education sector,” he said.

“We have a world-class system of research, and the best and brightest minds are at work each day trying to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges our society faces. The certainty provided by these changes means our universities can continue to deliver what Australia needs in terms of research and innovation.”

ATN extends its congratulations to the review panel, led by Professor Margaret Sheil AO.

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The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) was established in 1999 and brings together six of Australia’s leading universities focused on enterprise, impact and finding solutions to issues facing our rapidly changing economy and society. Our member universities are Curtin University, Deakin University, RMIT University, The University of Newcastle, University of South Australia, and University of Technology Sydney. Our universities produce Australia’s most job-ready graduates and undertake world-class research with real-world impact. Through our innovation and leadership, we are proud disruptors challenging the status quo. ATN universities provide world-class education to almost 310,000 students and teach 20 per cent of domestic higher education students, along with 19 per cent of international students and we are the fastest-growing university grouping in terms of domestic students. Together, we are proud of who we include, not exclude, with a strong commitment to equity, excellence, and social justice. ATN is one of Australia’s leading university peak bodies with a track record of advocating and shaping positive policy outcomes with all levels of government.