Research Assessment in Australia: Evidence for Modernisation

Cover image - Research Assessment in Australia: Evidence for Modernisation report by ACOLA


The Australian Council of Learned Academies was commissioned by the Office of the Chief Scientist to undertake a review of how research assessment affects research culture and the careers of Australian researchers across the research and innovation system.

The review – released by Australia's Chief Scientist on 15 November 2023 – sought to understand how research metrics influence the diversity of Australia’s research workforce, and shape research quality, outputs and impact. 

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Read the media statement:

Read an opinion piece by Australia's Chief Scientist published in The Sydney Morning Herald:

Read Emeritus Professor Kevin McConkey's article in The Conversation:

Download the slides from Emeritus Professor Kevin McConkey's report presentation:

Read an Early- to Mid- Career Researcher perspective on the report:

Read an NHMRC perspective on the report: