Australia’s universities are set for a record $1.92 billion injection in research block grant funding from the Turnbull Government to support our world-class researchers and drive greater collaboration with industry.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the announcement today of the 2018 research block grants demonstrated the Turnbull Government’s strong support for improving the quality of research and the competitiveness of Australia’s research universities.

“Australian universities are the engine room of our nation’s research output,” Minister Birmingham said.

“That’s why we’ve boosted funding by $30 million so researchers can continue to make discoveries that deliver real economic and social benefits for Australians.

“Through the Research Training Program over $1 billion of this funding will directly support over 40,000 Masters and PhD students’ advance their research studies. 

“Our strong investment in research and development will help to ensure Australian researchers can turn ideas into new knowledge that will support our economy and help create employment opportunities into the future.”

Today’s announcement of the 2018 research block grants coincides with the release of an action plan in response to the Review of Australia’s Research Training System by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).

The action plan was developed by a working group chaired by University of Western Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Robyn Owens and included university, industry, government, Indigenous and postgraduate student representatives.

Minister Birmingham said the development of the action plan was a result of the university, industry and government sectors working closely together to deliver better outcomes for postgraduate research students.

“The action plan reflects the importance of combining all of our efforts to build a research training system that best serves our students and ultimately our nation as a whole,” Minister Birmingham said.  

“This plan includes actions to boost the employment prospects of students through greater access to work placements and internships that will better prepare them for jobs in academia and industry.

“It also improves support for Indigenous students by increasing access to scholarships and identifies measures to ensure Australia’s research training system maintains its high international standing.”

The Department of Education and Training will monitor and report on progress every six months from mid-2018.

For more information on the 2018 research block grants visit and to view the research training action plan go to


 2018 research block grant allocations

Higher Education Provider State or Territory Research Support Program Research Training Program Total 2018 RBG Funding
Australian Catholic University OTHER $3,424,143  $3,770,609  $7,194,752
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education NT $139,562  $148,106  $287,668
Bond University QLD $1,901,837  $1,892,978  $3,794,815
Central Queensland University QLD $2,377,461  $3,404,270  $5,781,731
Charles Darwin University NT $9,899,305  $7,267,032  $17,166,337
Charles Sturt University NSW $3,598,245  $6,378,749  $9,976,994
Curtin University of Technology WA $19,742,927  $25,858,688  $45,601,615
Deakin University VIC $11,699,697  $19,598,056  $31,297,753
Edith Cowan University WA $4,186,845  $7,105,163  $11,292,008
Federation University Australia VIC $1,579,509  $2,169,645  $3,749,154
Griffith University QLD $17,280,378  $23,169,164  $40,449,542
James Cook University QLD $12,447,926  $14,427,729  $26,875,655
La Trobe University VIC $15,060,569  $18,365,955  $33,426,524
Macquarie University NSW $16,014,635  $27,882,360  $43,896,995
MCD University of Divinity VIC $665,961  $909,432  $1,575,393
Monash University VIC $83,168,822  $87,171,392  $170,340,214
Murdoch University WA $7,970,591  $9,848,477  $17,819,068
Queensland University of Technology QLD $22,595,426  $30,990,269  $53,585,695
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology VIC $12,984,582  $21,299,546  $34,284,128
Southern Cross University NSW $3,161,627  $4,356,024  $7,517,651
Swinburne University of Technology VIC $6,578,598  $11,474,859  $18,053,457
The Australian National University ACT $63,099,405  $57,137,479  $120,236,884
The Flinders University of South Australia SA $12,237,961  $15,608,567  $27,846,528
The University of Adelaide SA $41,189,975  $46,863,361  $88,053,336
The University of Melbourne VIC $99,172,188  $98,125,800  $197,297,988
The University of Notre Dame Australia WA $721,208  $829,339  $1,550,547
The University of Queensland QLD $90,578,754  $96,434,509  $187,013,263
The University of Sydney NSW $88,041,396  $97,506,238  $185,547,634
The University of Western Australia WA $46,011,505  $48,455,951  $94,467,456
Torrens University Australia SA $65,097  $45,773  $110,870
University of Canberra ACT $4,007,502  $5,140,409  $9,147,911
University of New England NSW $7,271,527  $9,072,108  $16,343,635
University of New South Wales NSW $79,757,049  $89,660,032  $169,417,081
University of Newcastle NSW $22,158,778  $24,081,091  $46,239,869
University of South Australia SA $15,313,264  $19,755,882  $35,069,146
University of Southern Queensland QLD $3,281,984  $5,294,359  $8,576,343
University of Tasmania TAS $23,436,420  $24,642,196  $48,078,616
University of Technology, Sydney NSW $12,495,679  $17,080,827  $29,576,506
University of the Sunshine Coast QLD $3,222,645  $2,776,778  $5,999,423
University of Western Sydney NSW $7,485,336  $10,865,616  $18,350,952
University of Wollongong NSW $13,743,123  $22,740,490  $36,483,613
Victoria University VIC $4,245,952  $7,478,454  $11,724,406
Total   $894,015,394  $1,027,083,762  $1,921,099,156