Current Consultations

Research Australia regularly contributes to the policy discussions on issues pertinent to Health and Medical Research. This can be through submissions or participating in consultations.

The following lists both consultations and invitations to make submissions which are relevant to health and medical research and/or health and innovation policy in Australia. Research Australia updates this regularly but we may not participate in every one listed.

If you would like more information or you are aware of other consultations that should be included, please contact Greg Mullins, Head of Policy, Research Australia via email

Please click the heading in the left hand column to access consultation information from the relevant website.



Developing Advanced Manufacturing


Due 30 March

The Science and Industry Minister has asked the House Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources to conduct an Inquiry into developing advanced manufacturing (AM) in Australia. The Terms of Reference include:

    • opportunities in relation to job creation and productivity;
    • international trends;
    • Australia’s competitive strengths and advantages;
    • barriers to existing manufacturers, particularly SMEs
    • financial and non-financial investment opportunities or possible reforms to support the growth of AM
    • opportunities to increase employment in AM; and
    • skills needed in advanced manufacturing.

Research Australia will make a submission focused on the role for health and medical research and innovation. Please contact if you would like to contribute.

National Science Priorities


Due 31 March

Australia’s National Science and Research Priorities and National Science Statement will provide direction for our science system.

The Government is seeking views on refreshing the priorities to reflect Australia’s ambitions and challenges.

Stage 1:

    • challenges which could be addressed through science
    • future opportunities
    • strengths we can maintain and build upon.

Stage 2: Draft Science Priorities will be released in June 2023 for consultation.

Framework for Australian Clinical Quality Registries


Due 31 March

The Framework’s 2nd edition provides national best practice principles and detailed guidance for establishing and operating Australian national clinical quality registries. These include guidance on governance, infrastructure, security and privacy compliance, technical standards and reporting.

The Commission is seeking feedback on logical design and infrastructure, and security compliance guidelines.

Privacy Act Review


Due 31 March

The Attorney General’s Department is seeking feedback on the draft report of the Privacy Act Review.

The draft report contains many recommendations, several of which have direct implications for the use of personal information in research, and consent to the use of information for research purposes.

Please contact if you would like to contribute to Research Australia’s response to the report.

Australian Universities Accord

Due 11 April

The Expert panel for the Accord has been announced, the Terms of Reference have been released and consultation has commenced.

Submissions can now be made in response to the consultation paper.

Productivity Commission- Philanthropy


Due 5 May

The Productivity Commission has been asked to analyse motivations for philanthropic giving in Australia and identify opportunities to grow it further.

The Commission has released a Call for Submissions Paper, and called for submissions by 5 May, as a first step in the Inquiry, which will culminate in a report to Government in May 2024.

Research Australia is engaging with the Inquiry; please contact if you would like to contribute to Research Australia’s submission.