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No. 2 of 2009 Other as made
This instrument revokes the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No. 1 of 2009 and formulates new EIF evaluation criteria to be applied by the EIF Advisory Board in giving advice under paragraph 171 (1)(a) or (b) of the Nation-building Funds Act 2008.
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Registered 04 Aug 2009
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR11-Aug-2009
Tabled Senate11-Aug-2009
Date of repeal 27 Sep 2011
Repealed by Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No. 1 of 2011

Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

Nation-building Funds Act 2008

 

Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No. 2 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 in this Instrument, the EIF Evaluation Criteria to be applied by the EIF Advisory Board in giving advice under paragraph 171(1)(a) or (b) of the Act.

 

 

 

 

 

Dated                          31st July         2009

 

 

 

Julia Gillard                                        Kim Carr          

 

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. 2 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.             Revocation

 

The Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No. 1 of 2009, dated 13 February 2009, is revoked.

 

 

5.             Transitional Arrangements

 

(1)        The revocation of the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Evaluation Criteria No. 1 of 2009, dated 13 February 2009, does not affect the validity of a decision made under that instrument.

(2)        A decision made under that instrument is taken to continue to have effect as if it were made under this Instrument.

 

EDUCATION INVESTMENT FUND (EIF) EVALUATION CRITERIA NO. 2 OF 2009

 

 

Principle 1:

Address national infrastructure priorities

 

 

1)     Extent to which the project will address national higher education, research, VET, and/or sustainability infrastructure priorities

 

The Board must be satisfied that the project involves the creation or development of tertiary education and/or research infrastructure consistent with the Australian Government’s priorities for tertiary education and/or research. 

 

The Board must also be satisfied that the organisation has given due consideration to issues of social inclusion.

 

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider the extent to which the proposed infrastructure project will contribute to one or more of the following relevant priorities:

 

Higher education priorities

The Australian Government’s priorities for the higher education system are outlined in the publication Transforming Australia’s Higher Education System, available at http://www.deewr.gov.au/HigherEducation/Pages/TransformingAustraliasHESystem.aspx.

 

These include:

·                Contributing to the creation of an internationally-competitive and world leading higher education sector.

·                Enhancing teaching, learning, and research outcomes in areas of regional, national and international importance.

·                Supporting the ambition for growth in higher education attainment.

·                Increasing participation by low socio-economic status students.

·                Producing graduates with the knowledge, skills and understandings for full participation in society and the economy.

·                Providing students with a stimulating and rewarding tertiary education experience.

·                Engaging in the global community through student and staff mobility and the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

·                Contributing to the understanding and development of Australia’s social and cultural structures and its national and regional economies.

·                Engaging effectively with other education and training sectors to provide a continuum of high quality learning opportunities throughout an individual’s life.

 

Research priorities

·                Playing a pivotal role in the national research and innovation system through the creation of world leading research capabilities.

·                Progressively increasing the number of research groups performing at world-class levels.

·                Developing greater domestic and international research collaborations and outcomes.

·                Contributing to the:

o       National Research Priorities (www.innovation.gov.au/Section/AboutDIISR/FactSheets/Pages/NationalResearchPrioritiesFactSheet.aspx);

o       priorities identified in the Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure (www.innovation.gov.au/ScienceAndResearch/Documents/Strategic%20Roadmap%20Aug%202008.pdf); and/or

o       National Innovation Priorities

(www.innovation.gov.au/innovationreview/Documents/PoweringIdeas_executivesummary.pdf).

 

VET priorities

·                Attaining the targets of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) as set out in the VET National Skills and Workforce Development Agreement, including to halve the proportion of 20-64 year olds without qualifications at Certificate III level and above by 2020, and to double the number of higher qualification completions (diploma and advanced diploma) by 2020.

·                For the working age population, reducing the gaps in foundation skill levels and ensuring the depth and breadth of skills and capabilities to enable effective labour market participation.

·                Improving responsiveness to demand for skills development and/or address skill shortages, especially in traditional trades.

·                Improving industry responsiveness to technological advances mitigating the impact of climate change and implementing sustainability best practice.

·                Providing students with a stimulating and rewarding tertiary education experience.

·                Engaging effectively with other education and training sectors to provide a continuum of high quality learning opportunities throughout an individual’s life.

 

EIF Sustainability Round priorities

·                Advancing teaching, learning and/or research relating to climate change and environmental sustainability.

·                Displaying leadership in the development and demonstration of environmentally sustainable infrastructure.

·                Contributing towards relevant Australian Government priorities detailed in initiatives including, but not limited to, the:

o       Clean Energy Initiative

o       National Strategy on Energy Efficiency

o       COAG National Water Initiative

o       National VET Sector Sustainability Policy and Action Plan

o       National Framework for Climate Change Science

o       National Research Priority ‘An environmentally sustainable Australia’ and the associated goals

o       Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure.

 

2)     Extent to which the project is clearly aligned with the organisation’s priorities and strategic directions

 

The Board must be satisfied that the intended outcomes of the infrastructure are clearly aligned with the strategic directions and aspirations of the organisation.

 

 

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider the extent to which:

·                The infrastructure enhances existing strengths within the organisation or allows the organisation to develop new areas of expertise.

·                It is the appropriate time for the creation or development of the proposed infrastructure. 

·                The infrastructure is consistent with the organisation’s environmental master plan or strategies.

 

 

Principle 2:

Demonstrate high benefits and effective use of resources

 

3)     Extent to which there will be a positive impact on enhancing capacity

 

The Board must be satisfied that the project will deliver the Australian Government’s objective of strategically transforming the capacity of Australian tertiary education and/or research.

 

In assessing the project’s impact on the capacity of the organisation, the Board may consider the relative degree to which the project will impact on:

·                Numbers of domestic students.

·                The quality of the teaching at the organisation.

·                The organisation’s research outcomes.

·                The capacity of the organisation to participate in nationally or internationally significant research collaborations.

·                The organisation’s environmental performance.

·                Advances in pedagogy and curriculum.

 

In assessing the project’s impact on the capacity of the sector, the Board may consider the extent to which the project will:

·                Increase Australia’s performance against OECD participation and performance indicators.

·                Improve pathways between vocational education and training and higher education/research.

·                Provide increased access to significant educational and research infrastructure by those outside the organisation.

·                Provide national or international leadership in teaching, learning or research.

·                Provide outreach and demonstration activities aimed at optimising the outcomes of the infrastructure.

 

 

 

Principle 3:

Efficiently address infrastructure needs

 

 

4)     Extent to which the project will result in improvements consistent with the level of investment

 

The Board must be satisfied that projects represent good value for money, have a clear public benefit, and will deliver improvements that are both significant and strategic.

 

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider the extent to which a project will result in improvements consistent with the level of investment through:

·                Expected educational and/or research outcomes.

·                Expected social and economic outcomes.

·                Expected environmental outcomes.

·                The nature, composition and usage of the proposed infrastructure and, where relevant, individual components of the infrastructure.

 

The Board may also consider whether funding from the EIF is required in order for the creation or development of this infrastructure to proceed.

 

 

5)     Project determination

 

The Board must be satisfied that the project is a strategic and highly effective way of meeting the proposed outcomes.

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider the extent to which:

·                A range of options for achieving the intended outcomes of the infrastructure investment has been explored.

·                A compelling evidence-based case has been made for why this approach represents the most effective, strategic option.

·                There is evidence that this type of infrastructure makes a positive difference to teaching, learning or research.

·                For buildings, the infrastructure has been designed to deliver significant environmental benefits, such as achieving a Green Building Council of Australia rating of 5 Stars or more or significant improvements in environmental performance particularly in relation to energy, water and carbon emissions.

 

6)     Extent of collaboration

 

The Board must be satisfied with the nature and extent of any collaboration. Collaboration will be well-regarded where it is directly relevant to the project and where it clearly enhances the outcomes of the investment.

 

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider the extent to which:

The project will lead to new collaborations and/or build on current collaborations

 

·                The project will result in the creation or development of nationally significant infrastructure.

·                The project provides for reasonable access to the infrastructure by other organisations.

·                Organisations from more than one sector are involved.

·                Organisations from more than one geographical location are involved.

·                The governance structure of the collaboration(s) is clearly defined.

 

If no collaboration is proposed the Board may consider the extent to which:

·                there is a satisfactory explanation for this, and

·                the organisation has plans to seek collaborative partners as appropriate in the future, and

·                the organisation has identified who else is active in this space in Australia (and, where relevant, internationally).

 

 

7)     Extent of co-investment

 

The Board must be satisfied with the nature and extent of any co-investment. Co‑investment will be well-regarded where it is relevant and where it increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the investment. 

 

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider the extent to which:

·                Organisations from more than one sector are involved.

·                Organisations from more than one geographical location are involved.

 

If no co-investment is proposed the Board may consider:

·                whether there is a satisfactory explanation for this, and

·                whether the organisation has plans to seek co-investment as appropriate in the future. 

 

 

 

Principle 4:

Achieve established standards in implementation and management

 

 

8)     Project readiness

 

The Board must be satisfied with the degree of readiness of the project.

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider the extent to which:

·                The organisation has or can readily acquire the expertise to: i) develop, and ii) make best use of the proposed infrastructure.

·                Implementation plans, construction timetables and risk management plans are satisfactory for projects of this scale.

·                Key stakeholders have been consulted in relation to the proposed infrastructure.

 

 

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

 

The Board must be satisfied that the organisation has the capacity to integrate facilities funded by the Education Investment Fund into their ongoing business operations. The ability to maintain the facilities beyond the period of Education Investment Fund funding must be evident.

 

In assessing this criterion, the Board may consider:

 

·                The financial viability of the organisation and the project.

·                The governance structures relating to the proposed infrastructure.

·                Maintenance plans for the infrastructure.

·                Facilities management capabilities within the organisation.

·                The application of environmentally sustainable building management practices.