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On 14 April 2016, the Minister for Education and Training launched the Review of Australia’s Research Training System (the Review) by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA). The Review concluded that Australia continues to derive economic, social and environmental benefits from a research system that is world class in many respects and that contributes substantially to the world’s stock of knowledge. However, the Review also concluded there is scope to improve higher degree by research (HDR) training practices, particularly to engage with the industry sectors employing HDR graduates to increase the skills, knowledge and abilities of our future workforce.

The Review noted that improvements to Australia’s HDR training system would need to be delivered by the higher education sector in collaboration with government, industry and community stakeholders. The Review made 11 key findings that articulate areas for improvement (Appendix A) and six recommendations for government action (Appendix B).

On 4 November 2016, the Australian Government announced it had accepted all six Review recommendations. In response to Recommendation 1, the Department of Education and Training (DET) established a cross sectoral implementation working group to develop a specific and actionable Implementation Plan (the Plan) in response to the Review’s findings.

The working group deliberated between February and July 2017. It was chaired by Professor Robyn Owens and comprised high-level representatives from the higher education, government and industry sectors, including Indigenous and HDR student representatives.

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