National Commission of Audit & medical research

National Commission of Audit & medical research

2nd May, 2014

This fact sheet provides a summary of those recommendations from the 2014 National Commission of Audit reports related to health and medical research.

The Australian Government released the reports of the National Commission of Audit on 1 May 2014. The Commission was established to independently review and report on the performance, functions and roles of the Commonwealth Government. Please note, the reports’ recommendations are not Government policy.

The focus of AAMRI’s submission – for equitable and streamlined funding for the indirect costs of research – was taken up in the reports’ recommendations, as were the recommendations of various other research peak bodies for a long-term investment plan for research infrastructure, and streamlined Australian Research Council/National Health & Medical Research Council grant processes. Some of the commission’s other key recommendations affecting the research sector include abolishing the CRC program, the Innovation Investment Fund and Commercialisation Australia.