Go8 Backgrounder 19 - Research Workforce

19 Nov 2010

Improving the quality of research training—both the breadth and depth of training—requires additional funding. At present the Research Training Scheme does not provide sufficient funding to cover the full costs of training research students and any increase in the number of students without increased funding would create major problems for universities. Cross subsidisation is becoming more difficult and government should not expect or require universities to provide a subsidy, given the critical need for more researchers and a broader research-trained workforce.