Regions are important drivers of sustainable national growth. Building from the creative mix of local issues and global research challenges, universities all across Australia generate research with benefits for communities and industries around the world. IRU universities are based in outer metropolitan areas of the State capitals and in Australia’s regional areas. Embedded in these regions, through our research, we are contributing to the building of regional research systems across Australia.
This Policy Statement sets out how to ensure regional research systems are sufficiently robust to enable valuable research to be conducted throughout Australia. It outlines:
1. the challenge to ensure international level research flourishes across Australia with benefits delivered to communities and industries;
2. the advantages from a truly national research system;
3. the steps needed to build effective research systems across Australia:
a. effective delivery of the university and innovation system,
b. evening-up the playing field, and
c. developing regional capability