ERA 2023 Consultation

ERA 2023 Benchmarking and Rating Scale Consultation

The Australian Research Council is consulting on improvements to the ERA methodology to be adopted for ERA 2023. These include:

  • two options for a new ERA rating scale and supporting benchmarks with increased granularity at the top end of the scale
  • new citation indicators including a high-performance indicator and dynamic citation classes to improve recognition of world-leading research
  • new peer review guidance to allow for identification of world-leading research and improve confidence in evaluation outcomes
  • new guidance for assessment of field of research (FoR) 45 Indigenous studies and underlying 4-digit fields.

The ARC is seeking responses to the consultation paper from universities, researchers, end-users and industry stakeholders.

Proposed changes are detailed in the ERA 2023 Benchmarking and Rating Scale Consultation Paper  – PDF Format (1.01 MB)

Please submit responses in the feedback template link.  

The survey link will allow respondents to:

  • make comments on each question through the survey, or
  • upload a response in Microsoft Word or machine-readable PDF format.

Submissions close 22 April 2022.

Note: The Australian Research Council is using SurveyMonkey as the online portal for the collection, aggregation and analysis of submission data. The information collected in these submissions is transmitted and stored securely in the United States in accordance with SurveyMonkey’s terms of use. You can access SurveyMonkey’s terms of use here. We will always tell you when we use SurveyMonkey.

You may decline to provide this information by not responding through SurveyMonkey. If you do provide a submission through SurveyMonkey you consent to storage of your submission offshore (outside of Australia). This means that once you have chosen to participate using SurveyMonkey the Australian Research Council will not have an obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure that SurveyMonkey does not breach the Australian Privacy Principles in relation to personal information that is given to SurveyMonkey. You can access SurveyMonkey’s privacy policy here.

If you have any questions or concerns about the handling of your personal information or wish to make a submission without using the SurveyMonkey platform, please contact

Reference Periods

Submission data for ERA 2023 will be collected for the following reference periods:

Data type Reference Period Years
Research Outputs 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2021 6
Research Income 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021 3
Staff Census Date  As at 31 March 2022


The ARC will use the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) 2020 Fields of Research codes for ERA 2023.

Journal List

The ARC will consult with Australian Higher Education Providers and discipline peak bodies on the draft ERA 2023 Journal List (with ANZSRC 2020 Fields of Research codes) in 2022.

Note: The document published on this page are owned by the Australian Research Council or the Australian Government. For use of material in these documents please see the ARC Copyright Statement.

If you require a different format or you are having trouble accessing the information contained within these documents, please send an email to