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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 ebooks, opinion pieces, recent submissions, media releases, project reports and papers.


ABDC calls for economic prosperity as a national research priority

Submission - ABDC Response to National Research Infrastructure Capabilities consultation – Sept 2016

The ABDC is calling on the Federal Government to have ‘An Economically Prosperous Australia’ as a National Research Priority and to include business and economics research in the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.

HEPPP needs systemic, consistent approach and predictable funding

Submission - Higher Education the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) Review - Sept 2016

The ABDC has called for a more consistent, systemic approach with predictable funding and rigorous evaluation of initiatives in the Federal Government review of the

ABDC releases new Journal Quality List

ABDC Journal Quality List 2016

The ABDC is pleased to release the ABDC Journal Quality List 2016.

Business deans warn against increasing cross-subsidisation levels

Submission - Department of Education and Training's Consultation on Higher Education Reform - July 2016

As part of the higher education reform consultation, ABDC has called on the Federal Government not to take any actions that will risk the high international reputation of our business schools.

Understanding barriers to drive research collaboration: ARC Impact Assessment Consultation response

Submission - ARC Consultation on Impact Assessment - Jul 2016

In its response to the ARC Impact Assessment Consultation Paper, ABDC emphasises a better understanding of the barriers - both from an academic and industry perspective - to effectively drive research collaboration.

ABDC raises concerns with proposed research block grant arrangements

Submission - Department of Education and Training's Consultation on Proposed New Research Block Grant Arrangements - Jun 2016

In its submission to the Department of Education and Training's consultation paper on the proposed new research block grant arrangements, ABDC has raised concerns about some of the proposed funding measures and reporting requirements.

Business and management skills critical for an innovative and creative future labour force

Submission - Inquiry into Innovation and Creativity: Workforce for the New Economy - Apr 2016

In ABDC's response to the Inquiry into Innovation and Creativity: Workforce for the New Economy, we recommend for government policy to effectively embrace and enhance Australia’s capacity for university-industry collaboration, improved innovation management, increased productivity and commercialisation, it is critical that business and management skills are considered a key element.

ABDC Research Scholar to expand collaboration between universities and industry

Media release - March 2016

The Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) has appointed Professor Stephen Taylor from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as its inaugural Research Scholar – a new role that has the goal of expanding collaboration between universities and industry.

ABDC recommends including leadership development in Australia's international competitiveness agenda

Submission - Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Future in Research and Innovation – Feb 2016

The Australian business school community is very interested in seeing stronger links between business and universities, especially with respect to ensuring effective leadership and management of research commercialisation, innovation, export development and technology transfer.


ABDC endorses retention of accountants on the 2016-17 Skilled Occupation List

Submission - Department of Education and Training Consultation on the 2016-17 Skilled Occupation List - Nov 2015

In our submission to the Department of Education and Training, ABDC recommends retaining accountants on the 2016-17 Skilled Occupation List (SOL) to meet term labour market demand for accountants.

ABDC supports well-resourced, collaborative and industry-relevant research policy

Submission - Department of Education and Training Review of Research Policy and Funding - Sept 2015

Responding to the research policy review, ABDC supports the call for policy to support innovative, well-resourced and diverse business research - vital for Australia’s future prosperity and capacity to see industry-relevant research, increased productivity and commercialisation.

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.

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