The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency within the Australian Government's Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio. The ARC advises the Government on research matters, manages the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia's investment in research and development, and has responsibility for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.
The ARC's mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.
In seeking to achieve its mission, the ARC supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines, with the exception of clinical medicine and dentistry. In addition, the ARC brokers partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.
The outcomes of ARC-funded research deliver cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to all Australians.
Established as an independent body under the Australian Research Council Act 2001, the ARC reports to the Minister for Research.
The ARC fosters excellence, partnerships and the highest ethical standards
in research and research training in all fields of science, social sciences
and the humanities.
The ARC is the primary source of advice to the Government on investment in the national research effort. The ARC:
- supports the highest quality research and research training through national competition in all fields of science, social sciences and the humanities;
- brokers partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.
ARC funding programs come under the umbrella of the National Competitive Grants
Program. The ARC Discovery programs
fund individual researchers and projects.
The ARC Linkage programs help to broker partnerships between researchers and industry, government and community organisations as well as the international community. The ARC Centres programs build research scale and focus and strengthen major research partnerships and networks.
The ERA initiative will assess research quality within Australia's higher education institutions and will give government, industry, business and the wider community assurance of the excellence of research conducted. It will also provide a national stocktake, by research discipline areas, of research strength against international benchmarks.
For more information on the ARC refer to:
- ARC Profile
- ARC Annual Report
The ARC Annual Report summarises research outcomes and the return on investment in research in Australia.
- ARC Strategic Plan
The ARC Strategic Plan sets out the ARC’s vision for the next three years. It is updated annually.
The ARC office is located in Canberra:
Level 2, 11 Lancaster Place
Majura Park ACT 2609
Phone: + 61 2 6287 6600
Fax: + 61 2 6287 6601
ABN: 35 201 451 156
ARC postal address:
GPO Box 2702
Canberra ACT 2601