Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) Review: submissions due by 7 June

The Australian Research Council is conducting a review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) to ensure that the research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to changes in the sector. Australian and New Zealand researchers will be familiar with the core ANZSRC classification types that inform funding, policy and quality evaluation: Type of Activity (ToA), Fields of Research (FoR), and Socio-Economic Objective (SEO).

The discussion paper produced to stimulate public response invites feedback on the overall classification structure as well as specific categories contained within the ToA, FoR and SEO including addition, removal, merger or splitting of current categories. For many in our sector this may provide an opportunity to comment on the much discussed challenges presented by the combination of Performing Arts and Creative Writing in FOR 1904.

The discussion paper and details on how to submit responses to its questions are available at:

Review of Regional, Rural and Remote Education

Federal Minister of Education and Training Simon Birmingham has announced an independent review of regional, rural and remote education to be led by Flinders University Emeritus Professor John Halsey. The review will focus on challenges and barriers to students’ learning outcomes including transitions toward further study, training and employment and provide recommendations for improved access and achievement. Public submissions will be invited on line from April and consultation meetings will take place in July and August. The report and its recommendations will be presented to government at the end of the year. Consultation documents and further information is available at:

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