What IRU wants the next government to do

The Innovative Research Universities has a brief for whoever is minister after the election

Some of the proposals are unlikely to surprise. IRU calls for,

* additional domestic UG places to meet demographic demand and the needs of the economy

* broadening research commercialisation, to “all sectors and disciplines to maximise the impacts deriving from public investments”

* sustainable long-term plan to fund basic research in all disciplines

Some propose filling policy gaps,

* make the Australian Qualification Framework “a coherent whole” so universities can “innovate and deliver new credentials”

* use the Universities Foreign Interference Taskforce model to strengthen education and research partnerships in the Indo-Pacific

And one addresses a not universally apparent problem, ensuring the Job Ready Graduates Package is “not adversely affecting student choice and not preventing universities from effectively contributing to other government priorities.”