Amendment Number 4 to the Other Grants Guidelines (09/12/2005)

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Commonwealth of Australia     Higher Education Support Act 2003     OTHER GRANTS GUIDELINES       Making of Guidelines pursuant to section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003       I, BRENDAN NELSON, Minister for Education, Science and Training, pursuant to section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, make the attached amendment to the Other Grants Guidelines for the purposes of Part 2-3 of the Act.               Dated this 9th day of December 2005.               __________________________________________ BRENDAN NELSON Minister for Education, Science and Training  
Amendments to Other Grants Guidelines           COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA   Higher Education Support Act 2003   GUIDELINES FOR OTHER GRANTS   Amendment Number 4         (i)      CITATION   These guidelines may be cited as Amendment Number 4 to the Other Grants Guidelines.   (ii)     AUTHORITY   These guidelines are made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003.   (iii)    DATE OF EFFECT   These guidelines shall take effect the day after registration on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.          
PURPOSE   ·         The purpose of these guidelines is to amend the Other Grants Guidelines made on 3 September 2005.   ·         The Other Grants Guidelines are amended as follows:   ITEM 1   Delete Chapter 7 entitled “Grants to Support Research by, and the Research Capability of, Higher Education Providers (HEPs)” and insert the following text:  
CHAPTER 7 GRANTS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH BY, AND THE RESEARCH CAPABILITY OF, HIGHER EDUCATION PROVIDERS (HEPs)

7.1          Purpose
7.1.1           The purpose of these guidelines is to specify:   (a)   in accordance with subsection 41-15(1) of the Act:   (i)      the Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG) Scheme; and
(ii)    the Institutional Grants Scheme (IGS)
as programmes under which grants can be paid for the purpose of supporting HEPs’ research and research training activities; and
(b)   under subsection 41-15(2) of the Act, some other matters relevant to the RIBG Scheme and the IGS.
7.5          Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG) Scheme

7.10        RIBG Scheme Description
7.10.1         The RIBG Scheme provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible HEPs to enhance the development and maintenance of research infrastructure.
7.15        RIBG Scheme Objectives
7.15.1         The objectives of the RIBG Scheme are to: ·         enhance the development and maintenance of research infrastructure in HEPs for the support of high quality research in all disciplines; ·         meet project-related infrastructure costs associated with Australian Competitive Grants; ·         remedy deficiencies in current research infrastructure; and ·         ensure that areas of recognised research potential, in which HEPs have taken steps to initiate high quality research activity, have access to the support necessary for development.
7.20        Conditions that Apply to RIBG Scheme Grants
7.20.1         Conditions that apply to RIBG Scheme grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under subparagraph 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.
7.25        RIBG Scheme Grant Amounts
7.25.1         The RIBG Scheme grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under paragraph 41-30(b) of the Act.
7.30               Institutional Grants Scheme (IGS)

7.35        IGS Description
7.35.1         The IGS provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible HEPs to support research and research training activities. HEPs have discretion in the way they spend their IGS grant.
7.40        IGS Objectives
7.40.1         The purpose of the IGS is to maintain and strengthen Australia’s knowledge base and research capabilities by developing an effective research and research training system in the higher education sector.   7.40.5         Specifically, the IGS aims to: ·         support the general fabric of the research and research training activities of HEPs; ·         allow HEPs to manage their own research activities and set their own priorities; ·         assist HEPs to respond flexibly to their research environment in accordance with their own strategies; and ·         enhance support for areas of research strength.
7.45        Conditions that Apply to IGS Grants
7.45.1         Conditions that apply to IGS grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under subparagraph 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.
7.50        IGS Grant Amounts
7.50.1         The IGS grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under paragraph 41-30(b) of the Act.  
ITEM 2
  Delete Chapter 8 entitled “Research Training Scheme” and insert the following text:  
CHAPTER 8 GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE TRAINING OF RESEARCH STUDENTS

8.1         Purpose
8.1.1          The purpose of these guidelines is to specify:   (a)   in accordance with subsection 41-15(1) of the Act:   (i)      the Research Training Scheme (RTS) as a programme under which grants can be paid for the purpose of supporting the training of higher degree by research (HDR) students; and   (ii)    the Regional Protection Scheme (RPS) as a programme under which grants can be paid for the purpose of protecting designated regional HEPs from losses of income against their combined indexed 2001 RTS and Institutional Grants Scheme (IGS) grants (which are described in chapter 7 of these Guidelines); and
(b)   under subsection 41-15(2) of the Act, some other matters relevant to RTS and RPS.
8.5         Research Training Scheme (RTS)

8.10       RTS Description
8.10.1        The RTS provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible HEPs to support research training for students undertaking HDRs - Doctorate and Masters degrees by research - including coursework components of these degrees, provided that the coursework components do not exceed one third of the degree.   8.10.5        These students, referred to as ‘RTS students’, are exempt from payment of student contribution amounts and tuition fees for units undertaken as part of an HDR course of study.
8.15       RTS Objectives
8.15.1        The objectives of the RTS are to: ·         enhance the quality of research training provision in Australia; ·         improve the responsiveness of HEPs to the needs of their research students; ·         encourage HEPs to develop their own research training profiles; ·         ensure the relevance of research degree programmes to labour market requirements; and ·         improve the efficiency and effectiveness of research training.
8.20       Conditions that Apply to RTS Grants
8.20.1        Conditions that apply to RTS grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under subparagraph 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.
8.25       RTS Grant Amounts
8. 25.1       The RTS grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under paragraph 41-30(b) of the Act.
8.30       Regional Protection Scheme (RPS)

8.35       RPS Description
8.35.1        The RPS provides block grants, on a calendar year basis, to eligible designated HEPs.
8.40       RPS Objectives
  8.40.1        The objective of the RPS is to protect designated regional HEPs from losses of income against their combined indexed 2001 RTS and IGS grants within funding available for the year.
8.50       Conditions that Apply to RPS Grants
  8.50.1        Conditions that apply to RPS grants will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under subparagraph 41-25(b)(i) of the Act.
8.55       Extra Conditions of Eligibility for RPS Grants
  8.55.1        Designated regional HEPs are:   ·         Charles Sturt University; ·         Southern Cross University; ·         The University of New England; ·         The University of Newcastle; ·         University of Wollongong; ·         Deakin University; ·         La Trobe University; ·         University of Ballarat; ·         Central Queensland University; ·         James Cook University; ·         University of Southern Queensland; ·         University of Tasmania; and ·         Charles Darwin University.
8.60       RPS Grant Amounts
  8.60.1        The RPS grant amounts will be determined in writing by the Minister, or his delegate, under paragraph 41-30(b) of the Act.

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