This report is an update on progress in implementing the Research Training Implementation Plan. The plan responds to the Review of Australia’s Research Training System (2016) prepared by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).

The Plan was developed by the Research Training Implementation Working Group, which comprised representatives from the higher education, industry and government sectors, including Indigenous and higher degree by research (HDR) student representatives.

The working group developed eighteen actions to address the Review’s findings under five Priority Issues:

  • Pathways to HDR training
  • Industry-university collaboration, including placements
  • Equity, including Indigenous participation
  • Quality of the HDR training system
  • Data and evidence to better monitor HDR system performance

The Plan identifies lead organisations for each action, including the Department of Education and Training (DET), the Australian Council of Graduate Research (ACGR), Universities Australia (UA), and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group). Drawing on updates from the lead organisations, the department will publish six-monthly progress reports until the actions are fully implemented.

The first report documented the progress the organisations made from December 2017, when the Plan was released, to July 2018. This second report provides a further update for items in progress to March 2019. At the time of the first report, three of the 18 actions were complete (2.2, 4.3, 4.4). With this report, a further six actions are complete or require no further action (1.2, 2.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.3).

For each action, the report outlines the progress made by the lead organisations and their next steps. Where relevant, links to related documents are provided.

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