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Publications & Advocacy

On behalf of our members, the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) co-ordinates national projects, advocates on national issues and partners with key stakeholders, with interests in influencing policy and practice in business education and research at Australian universities.  Below are recent submissions, press releases, project reports and papers.


ABDC recommends government policy that supports sustainable international education

Submission - Productivity Commission Issues Paper "Barriers to Export Services " - Sept 2015

Responding to the Productivity Commission's draft report on removing export service barriers, ABDC says Australia needs to do more to support sustainable growth of our international education sector.

ABDC calls for a flexible research training system that supports innovation and collaboration

Submission - ACOLA - Review of Australia's Research Training System - Sept 2015

In our submission to ACOLA, ABDC calls for a research training system that enhances Australia's capacity to deliver innovative and industry collaborative research.

ABDC advocates for academic data access as part of ASIC Business Register sale

ABDC advocates for the ASIC Business Register sale process to include conditions that would enable better academic access to the data currently collected by ASIC.

ABDC endorses tourism, hospitality and events learning standards


Tourism, hospitality and events is the fifth business discipline to develop academic learning standards (aka threshold learning outcomes) for bachelors and masters coursework degrees.

ABDC emphasises the critical role of a Learning and Teaching Institute

Submission - Consultation on New Learning and Teaching Institute - July 2015

In response to the Department of Education and Training's proposed replacement of the Office for Learning and Teaching, ABDC emphasises the critical role of quality learning and teaching in delivering successful student outcomes.

ABDC supports a sustainable, globally competitive and quality international education sector in Australia

Submission - Draft International Education Strategy - July 2015

ABDC responds to the Australian Government’s draft International Education Strategy.

Business schools play crucial role in developing a sustainable and globally competitive international education sector

Submission - Productivity Commission Issues Paper on "Barriers to Export Services " - Sept 2015

ABDC responds to the Productivity Commission's Issues Paper on 'Barriers to Export Services'.

ABDC welcomes a regulatory model to lift public confidence in financial services industry

Submission - Lifting the professional, ethical and education standards in the financial services industry - May 2015

In ABDC's response to the Australian Government’s consultation paper ‘Lifting the professional, ethical and education standards in the financial services industry’, ABDC welcomes recommendations that will lift public confidence in the financial services industry.


Incentives needed to promote natural collaboration between universities and industry

Submission - Department of Education and Training Consultation on Boosting Commercial Returns from Research - Nov 2014

ABDC welcomes government policies and initiatives encouraging mutually advantageous research collaboration between industry and universities.

ABDC supports retention of accountants on the 2015-16 Skilled Occupation List

Submission - Department of Industry Consultation on the 2015-16 Skilled Occupation List - Nov 2014

ABDC supports retaining the current status of accountants on the 2015 Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for independent migration.

ABDC releases finance learning standards


Finance is the fourth business discipline after accounting, marketing and economics to develop threshold learning standards. The next is tourism, hospitality and events.

ABDC releases Future of Management Education report


The Future of Management Education report underlines the need for greater engagement between business schools and industry to ensure universities produce the business leaders Australia needs to continue to prosper.

ABDC comments on proposed Higher Education Standards Framework

Submission - Higher Education Standards Panel's Proposed Higher Education Standards Framework - June 2014

ABDC has responded to the Higher Education Standards Panel call for comment on the proposed Higher Education Standards Framework.


ABDC advocates retaining accountants on 2014-15 Skilled Occupations List

Submission - Department of Immigration and Border Protection Consultation on 2014-15 Skilled Occupation List - Dec 2013

ABDC has made a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to retain accountants on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) to meet future labour market demand.

ABDC releases Economics Learning Standards


Economics is the third business discipline after accounting and marketing to develop threshold learning standards and the next is finance.

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