University submissions 2015

Productivity Commission – Public Inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements – December 2015

In October 2015 the Productivity Commission released an issues paper to assist individuals and organisations to prepare submissions to an Inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements, including their effect on investment, competition, trade, innovation and consumer welfare.

In December 2015, the University of Sydney made this submission to the Inquiry.

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into the role of agriculture and agribusiness partnerships in promoting development and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region – November 2015

On 16 September 2015 the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade to inquire into and report on the role of development partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness in promoting prosperity, reducing poverty and enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The University’s submission included five case studies demonstrating how the University’s innovative inter-disciplinary approaches are improving livelihoods in the Indo Pacific and other regions.

Submission to the NHMRC on the University’s gender equity policies – November 2015

In March 2015 the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) made a change to their Administering Institution policy to ensure that institutions provide an environment that aims to retain and progress women in their health and medical research careers. As part of this change, they required that all institutions provide a statement of the policies they have in place that address this issue by early 2016.

In response, the University provided this submission summary of our current gender equity policies to the NHMRC.

Senate Inquiry into Australia’s relationship with Mexico – October 2015

In August the Senate asked its Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee to inquire into Australia’s relationship with Mexico.

The University’s submission, prepared in consultation with relevant faculties and schools, is available here.

Following the submission, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin represented the University at the hearing of the Committee in Canberra on 29 Oct. The hansard record is available here.

House of Representatives Inquiry into Agricultural Innovation – September 2015

In August the Federal Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, asked the the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry to conduct an inquiry into agricultural innovation.

The University’s submission is available here.

See here for further information about this inquiry.

Review of Research Policy and Funding – September 2015

In July the Australian Government announced it would undertake a review of university research policy and funding as part of its Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research strategy. In August the Government released an Issues Paper, and in September the University made detailed submission, which is available here.

Further information about this review is available here.

Draft NHMRC Policy on Misconduct – September 2015

In August the National Health and Medical Research Council released for consultation a draft policy on misconduct relating to funds its administers.

The University’s submission is available here.

See here for further information about this process and its outcomes.

Review of the Research Training System – August 2015

On 20 May the Minister for Education and Training the Hon. Christopher Pyne announced a wide-ranging review of Australia’s research training system. The purpose of the review is to ensure that Australia’s research training models are competitive with the best in the world, and to improve the regulatory and funding frameworks that support the system. The University’s Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton is a member of the expert panel.

Further details of the review are available here.

In August 2015 a discussion paper was released calling for submissions from interested individuals and organisations.

The University’s submission, prepared following consultation with the Senior Executive Group’s Research Training Committee, is available here.

Education Services for Overseas Students amendment bills – August 2015

In August 2015 the Australian Government sought comment on two bills to amend the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000.

The University provided this submission to the consultation.

Vision for a Science Nation. Responding to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics: Australia’s Future Consultation Paper – August 2015

In June 2015 the Australian Government released the Vision for a Science Nation consultation paper which outlines the Government’s response to the Chief Scientist’s STEM: Australia’s Future paper. The University provided this submission on the consultation paper.

Senate Inquiry into Medical Research Future Fund Establishment Bills – July 2015

The Bills to establish the Medical Research Future Fund were sent to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs for inquiry. The Bills establish the rules of the proposed Fund, including the organisations that may disburse and receive funding and the types of projects that will be funded. The University made this submission to the inquiry.

Current and Emerging Issues for NHMRC Fellowship Schemes – June 2015

The NHMRC invited comment on four issues in relation to its Fellowship schemes, namely the balance between research grants and fellowships, the structure of the Fellowship schemes, whether there should be a stronger strategic approach to the Fellowships, and the responsibilities of employing institutions and the sector. The Consultation Paper is available here.

The University made this submission in response to the request for input.

Draft National Strategy for International Education – May 2015

In April 2015 the Government released a Draft National Strategy for International Education and invited comment. The Strategy aims to create a shared national vision for Australian International Education.

In May 2015 the University made this submission to the National Strategy consultation process.

Redesign of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program – April 2015

In March 2015 the Government invited comment on the proposed redesign of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program. This redesign consolidates several other initiatives, including the Rural Clinical Training and Support program, the University Departments of Rural Health Program and the Dental Training – Expanding Rural Placements program all to be incorporated.

The University provided this submission in response to the request for input.

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Legislation Committee’s scrutiny of the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 – March 2015

As part of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Legislation Committee’s ongoing scrutiny of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012, the Committee invited submissions on the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015.

The University made this submission in response to the Committee’s invitation.

Senate Education and Employment References Committee – Inquiry into the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014, and related matters – February 2015

On 11 February 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 March 2015:

The principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014, and related matters, including:

i. The principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014
ii. Alternatives to deregulation in order to maintain a sustainable higher education system
iii. The latest data and projections on student enrolments, targets, dropout rates and the Higher Education Loans Program
iv. Structural adjustment pressures, and the adequacy of proposed measures to sustain high quality delivery of higher education in Australia's regions
v. The appropriateness and accuracy of government advertising in support of higher education measures, including those previously rejected by the Senate
vi. Research infrastructure
vii. Any other related matters

The University was invited to make a submission and provided this response to the committee.

The terms of reference and further information on the inquiry can be obtained from the committee's website.

Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 – Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry – February 2015

On 12 February 2015 the Senate referred to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee an inquiry into the provisions of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 (the Bill).

The Bill seeks to amend the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA), the Australian Research Council Act 2001 (ARC Act) and related legislation to give authority to a variety of higher education measures emerging out of the 2014–15 Budget and subsequent policy decisions.

The University of Sydney was invited to make a submission to the inquiry and provided this response.

Information about the inquiry can be obtained from the committee's website.

Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 – February 2015

In December 2014, the Australian Government Department of Defence invited public comment on the proposed Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015

This Bill will amend the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 to change the scope of legislation associated with the introduction of strengthened export controls around supply, publication and brokering of items listed in the Defence and Strategic Goods List.

The University made this submission in response to the call for comment.

Productivity Commission Research Project on International Education Services – January 2015

The Productivity Commission invited comment on a research project examining selected policy issues affecting Australia's exports of international education services. A report is expected to be released in April 2015. Details of the research project can be found here.

The University of Sydney made this submission to the project.

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 – January 2015

On 19 January 2015, the University provided these comments on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014.

Details of the Bill can be found here.