The Group of Eight (Go8) has endeavoured to understand and inform public policy on higher education and university research in order to advance the capacity and reputation of Australia as a seat of global knowledge and innovation. To this end, the Go8 has produced numerous policy notes, discussion papers and backgrounders for a more informed and robust public debate.

22 Sep 2016
The Group of Eight (Go8) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper in support of the development of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap led by the Chief Scientist of Australia.

The Go8 has responded to the consultation paper outside of the prescribed template and authorizes it to be published alongside template-based submissions.

This decision primarily reflects two factors:

29 Apr 2014
Policy Papers

Universities play a central role in Australia’s innovation system and support the business sector, and individual firms, in many direct and indirect ways.  Universities provide Australia with a continuing supply of highly educated graduates, knowledgeable about the most recent developments in their disciplines and able to apply their expertise, understanding and skills within the particular circumstances of their employment.  Universities are also major generators of the new knowledge which advances understanding and, through its integration with complementary expertise and existing practic

1 Apr 2013
Policy Papers

Anyone observing the world in which they live can see how the outputs of research improve our life, work and environment. Some people believe that if governments invest specifically in research designed to produce immediately useful outcomes, it could ensure an even higher return on government investment.

1 Mar 2012
Policy Papers

This paper shows that while the absolute amount of higher education research funding has grown significantly, the relative shares of research income and research block grant funding of the major university groupings in Australia has been largely unchanged over the past two decades, with most redistribution of shares occurring between non-Go8 institutions.

1 Sep 2008
Policy Papers

The Go8 has today released a draft consultation paper designed to assist its member institutions with implementation of Part B of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code).

Part B of the Code sets out a framework to guide Australian research organisations in receipt of Commonwealth funds in their handling of allegations of research misconduct.