The Australian Academy of Science says the Australian Universities Accord must include an unambiguous commitment to research in the Australian university system and provide it with fit-for-purpose base funding complemented by, not substituted with, research project funding.
It also says the Accord must maintain and enhance regulatory and legislative protections and obligations for Australian universities to maintain the quality of research within the system.
The submission recommends that the Australian Government:
The Academy commends the work of the panel in producing the interim report and their acknowledgement that further work is needed to reflect the role of research in the higher education system appropriately.
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