University submissions 2009


Parliamentary inquiry into Australia's relationships with the countries of Africa Dec 2009

On 21 October 2009, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Stephen Smith MP, asked the Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Parliament to to inquire into and report on Australia's Relationship with the Countries of Africa.


More information about the inquiry and a copy of the issues paper can be found on the Committee's website.

The University of Sydney's submission to the inquiry is available here: Submission to the Inquiry into Australia's relationships with the countries of Africa


Review of Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act Oct 2009

In August 2009 the federal Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, announced that former Federal Member for Cook, The Hon Bruce Baird, would head up a review into international education in Australia.

An issues paper was released by DEEWR and submissions invited from September 2009.

More information about the Review and a copy of the issues paper can be found on the ESOS Review website

The University of Sydney's submission is available here: Submission to the 2009 ESOS Review


Sustainable Research Excellence Initiative Aug 2009

In the May 2009 Budget the Federal Government announced a commitment to introduce a new funding program to assist Australian universities to cover a greater proportion of the indirect costs associated with conducting research funded by through national competitive grant schemes.

Details of the policy announcement

In July 2009 the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) released a discussion paper proposing a model and implementation plan for the policy. The discussion paper can be found here: http://www.innovation.gov.au/Research/ResearchBlockGrants/Pages/ResponsestotheSREIssuesPaper.aspx

The University of Sydney’s response to the discussion paper is available here: Response to SRE discussion paper


Governance Principles for Medical Research Institutes Aug 2009

In August 2009, the NSW Office of Science and Medical Research (OSMR) released a report on the governance of medical research institutes, seeking comments from key stakeholders.

Medical research is one of the University’s strengths, and much of this success depends on collaborative relationships the University has with medical research institutes, largely through its Faculty of Medicine.

The University’s initial response to the report is available here: Initial response to the Wiltshire Report on Governance Principles for Medical Research Institutes


Senate Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students Aug 2009

In June 2009 the Senate of the Australian Parliament commenced an inquiry into the welfare of International Students in Australia through its Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee.

Details of the inquiry can be found at:
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/eet_ctte/international_students/info.htm

The University of Sydney’s submission to the Inquiry is available here: Comments to International Students Inquiry


Senate Inquiry into Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and Other Measures) Bill 2009 Feb 2009

On 12 February 2009, the Senate referred the provisions of the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and Other Measures) Bill 2009 to the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Information about the inquiry, submissions made and the Committee’s report can be found here:
http://www.aph.gov.au/SENATE/committee/eet_ctte/higher_ed/index.htm

The University of Sydney’s submission to the Inquiry can be found here: Submission to Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and other measures) Bill 2009