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No. 1 of 2009 Other as made
This instrument formulates EIF evaluation criteria, (as defined by section 4 of the Act) to be applied by the EIF Advisory Board in giving advice under paragraphs 171(1)(a) or (b) of the Nation-building Funds Act 2008.
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Registered 16 Feb 2009
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR23-Feb-2009
Tabled Senate10-Mar-2009
Date of repeal 05 Aug 2009
Repealed by Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No. 2 of 2009

Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

Nation-building Funds Act 2008

 

Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No 1 of 2009

 

 

We, Julia Gillard, Minister for Education and Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research hereby, pursuant to subsection 172(1) of the Nation-building Funds Act 2008 (the Act), formulate the EIF Evaluation Criteria which is the Schedule to this Instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

Dated                      13 February                                             2009

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Gillard                                           Kim Carr

 

Minister for Education                           Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and         Research

 


1.         Citation

 

This Instrument may be cited as the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No 1 of 2009.

 

2.             Authority

 

This Instrument is made under subsection 172(1) of the Nation-building Funds Act 2008.

 

3.             Date of Effect

 

This Instrument takes effect on the day after the day on which it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

 

4.             Object of this Instrument

 

The object of this Instrument is to formulate EIF evaluation criteria, (as defined by section 4 of the Act) to be applied by the EIF Advisory Board in giving advice under paragraphs 171(1)(a) or (b) of the Act.


Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No 1 of 2009

 

 

Principle 1: Projects should address national infrastructure priorities

 

 

a)    Extent to which the project addresses national priorities

 

Applicants must demonstrate that their project is consistent with the Australian Government’s priorities for tertiary education and/or research and that it represents a significant investment in these priorities. 

 

In addition, all proposals must also demonstrate they have given due consideration to issues of social inclusion, such as the increased access to tertiary education and research by disadvantaged or non-traditional groups.

 

Applicants should also address the relevant sector-specific priorities:

 

Higher education priorities

 

·               Will this project contribute to the creation of an internationally-competitive and world-leading higher education sector?

·               Will this project enhance teaching, learning, and research outcomes in areas of regional, national and international importance?

·               Will this project lead to greater international engagement and stronger participation in international linkages and collaborations?

·               Will this project provide domestic and international students with a stimulating and rewarding higher education experience?

·               Will this project produce job-ready graduates?

·               Will this project contribute towards an integrated tertiary education system with closer links between the vocational education and training sector and the higher education sector?

 

Research priorities

·               Will this project lead to the creation of world-leading research capabilities and results?

·               Will this project lead to greater domestic and international research collaborations and outcomes?

·               Does this project:

·            relate to any of the National Research Priorities? (www.innovation.gov.au/Section/AboutDIISR/FactSheets/Pages/NationalResearchPrioritiesFactSheet.aspx)

·            relate to any of the priorities identified in the Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure? (www.innovation.gov.au/ScienceAndResearch/Documents/Strategic%20Roadmap%20Aug%202008.pdf)

 

VET priorities

·               Will this project support the attainment of the targets of the Productivity Agenda Working Group of the Council of Australian Governments, including halving the proportion of Australians ages 20-64 without qualifications at Certificate III level and above by 50% between 2009 and 2020, and doubling the number of higher qualification completions (diploma and advanced diploma) between 2009 and 2020?

·               Will this project improve responsiveness to rapid changes in demand for skills development and/or address skill shortages, especially in traditional trades?

·               Will this project help the reorientation of existing skills to meet the challenge of businesses focused on sustainable development, including demand for new green skills?

·               Will this project contribute towards an integrated tertiary education system with closer links between the vocational education and training sector and the higher education sector?

 

 

b)    Alignment of the project with the applicant organisation’s priorities and strategic directions

 

All applicants will be required to demonstrate alignment of the project and its outcomes with the strategic directions and aspirations of the institution.  Applicants should reference strategic directions and/or aspirations where formal documentation exists, but should not attach any documents or URL links.

 

In addressing this criterion, applicants in all sectors may wish to consider the following:

·               Will this project enhance existing strengths within the institution?  Will it allow the institution to develop new areas of expertise?

·               Why is this the appropriate time to propose this investment? 

·               Will the investment proceed without funding from the Education Investment Fund?

 

 

 

Principle 2: Projects should demonstrate high benefits and effective use of resources

 

 

c)    Projected positive impact on enhancing capacity

 

Projects will be evaluated against the extent to which they will deliver the Australian Government’s objective of strategically transforming the capacity of Australian tertiary education and/or research.

 

All applications must demonstrate the extent to which the project will transform the capacity of a) their own institution and b) their nominated sector. Applications must include projected outcomes of the project and quantify, where possible, the impact of the project on capacity at the institutional or sectoral level.   

 

In addressing this criterion, applicants may wish to consider the following sector-specific questions:

 

Higher education

·        Will this project result in increased capacity to provide high quality, world leading teaching, learning, research and research training?

·        What change will this project bring about for students enrolled at your institution?

·        Will this project encourage and foster innovative teaching and learning practices at your institution?

 

Research

·               Will this project facilitate new types of world-leading research?

·               Will this project foster the retention of early stage or mid career researchers?

·               Will this project contribute to economic development, national security, social wellbeing and/or environmental sustainability?

·               Will this project develop or support international leadership in an area where Australia is, or has the potential to be, world-class?

·               Will this project provide access to researchers from other institutions?

 

VET

·               What benefit will the project deliver to the national training system?

·               To what extent will the project improve the responsiveness of the sector to present and future national needs and priorities?

 

 

 

Principle 3: Projects should efficiently address infrastructure needs

 

 

 

d)    Projects result in improvements consistent with the level of investment

 

Applicants must demonstrate in their applications that projects would provide good value for money, have a clear public benefit and deliver improvements that are both significant and strategic.

 

Applicants must demonstrate in their applications, where possible, how the project will make a positive long term economic contribution. This may be demonstrated by reference to the economic benefit of the project to local communities, a broad industry group, or through an increase in research activity, higher education or vocational education and training.

 

Applicants should quantify, where possible, the expected social, economic and environmental returns on the Australian Government’s investment.

 

In addressing this criterion, all applicants must complete:

  • a cost/benefit assessment matrix; and
  • a cost/use breakdown matrix

 

Templates for both these matrices will be provided as part of the Education Investment Fund Round 2 Application Form.

 

 

e)    Extent of co-investment and collaboration

 

Collaboration is encouraged where it enhances the quality of the project outcomes and increases the efficiency of the investment. 

 

In addressing this criterion, applicants may wish to consider the following:

 

·        What is the nature and extent of any co-investment or collaboration? 

·        Will organisations or entities from more than one sector be involved in this project?

·        If no collaboration and/or co-investment is proposed, why not? 

·        Who else is active in this space in Australia (and, where relevant, internationally)?

 

 

 

Principle 4: Projects should demonstrate they achieve established standards in implementation and management

 

 

f)       Project quality and readiness

 

The strength and readiness of projects will be an important consideration in assessing applications. In the context of the global financial crisis, the Australian Government is committed to making investments to strengthen the Australian economy.  As such, projects that can be implemented in the short- to medium- term will be given priority.

 

In addressing this criterion, applicants may wish to consider the following:

·               Have you considered a range of options for achieving the outcomes of the project?

·               Why does this project represent the most effective, strategic option?

·               Do you have, or can you acquire, the management and marketing expertise, the planning and project management skills, and all other components necessary for the investment to be successful?

·               Has the project been developed with a view to maximising environmental sustainability?

·               Have you consulted with key stakeholders in the project, where appropriate?

 

An implementation plan and a risk assessment and management strategy must be included. If a feasibility study has been conducted, this should be indicated.

 

 

g)    Capacity of the organisation to support, maintain and integrate new infrastructure into ongoing business operations

 

All applications must show how the applicant has the capacity to integrate facilities funded by the Education Investment Fund into their ongoing business operations. A plan for maintenance of the facilities beyond the period of Education Investment Fund funding must be provided.

 

In addressing this criterion, applicants may wish to consider the following:

·        Can you demonstrate that your organisation is financially viable on an ongoing basis?

·        Do you have, or can you acquire, the necessary teaching and learning and/or research, expertise to ensure the facilities are used to best effect?

·        Do you have demonstrated capacity and capability to maintain the infrastructure?

·        If this project involves the construction of new facilities for staff or students, how will you manage the use and/or disposal of the existing facilities?