Introduction

Official reporting (and accounting) requirements apply to the expenditure of public funds.  For each calendar year for which there has been at least six months of activity, all ARC Centres of Excellence are required to produce and submit to the ARC an Annual Report by 31 March of the year immediately following the reporting year.

In an effort to streamline reporting requirements, the ARC has introduced the following changes:

As of 2019 reporting year and onwards,

  1. the Centre Outputs and Details of Income and Expenditure report (CODIE) is no longer required.
  2. A high level, one page financial statement is required in the Annual Report
  3. An additional metric for gender equity and diversity is required to be submitted separately with the submission of the Annual Report.

As of 2018 reporting year and onwards,

  1. Annual Reports are no longer required to be submitted in hardcopy.  An electronic copy is to be emailed to ARC-Postaward@arc.gov.au

Completing your Annual Report

As per the Funding/Grant Agreement, the following information should be included in the ARC Centres of Excellence Annual Report:

Annual Report Requirements

CE14

CE17

CE20

the extent to which the ARC Centres of Excellence objectives as set out in the Funding Rules and the Centre Proposal have been met

X

X

X

summary of highlights, achievements in research and other outputs achieved resulting from the use of the Funds, including any advances in knowledge, relevant publications or international collaboration

X

X

X

case studies and/or examples of the Research Impact of the Centre, particularly where interdisciplinary research has been undertaken

 

X

X

any issues affecting the progress of the Centre or its Research Program, and a statement of mitigation strategies

X

X

X

measurement and accounting of the Centre’s performance against performance targets as set out in Schedule D

X

X

**

a detailed activity plan for the next 12 months

X

X

X

all expenditure for the calendar year, including any specific Assets or Intellectual Property;

X

 

 

funding and/or other resources provided by the Administering Organisation, Collaborating and Partner Organisations, and any other sources of support

X

 

 

details of the lodgement or reasons for non-lodgement of publications, data, specimens or samples with an appropriate repository, museum or archive in Australia

X

X

**

summary of the Centre’s actions over the reporting year against the administrative and operational requirements as set out in clause B.6

 

X

X

summary of the Centre’s activities in developing national and international links, outreach, public awareness and communication with the wider community. This could include data and information on outputs/outcomes such as conference presentations and keynote addresses, visitors to the Centre, visits by Centre researchers to national and international groups and institutions relevant to the Centre’s Research Program, media about the Centre (traditional, social, online, etc), unique website hits, innovative outreach options, etc

 

X

X

any other matters which from time to time may be specified by the ARC as matters which must be included in an Annual Report

X

X

X

**CE20 – to accompany separately from the Annual report

Financial one-page summary

A high-level, one page financial statement is required in the Annual Report. An example is provided below. 

*Example high level expenditure reporting required for ARC Centres of Excellence. Income is divided across different source types and expenditure is split across high level categories.

INCOME

$

ARC Grant

 

State Government Grants

 

Other Grants

 

University Contributions

 

Partner Contributions

 

Other Income

 

TOTAL

 

EXPENSES

$

Salaries

 

Travel and Visitor Support

 

Equipment

 

Workshops and Conferences

 

Management and Administration

 

Education, Outreach and Communications

 

PHD support

 

TOTAL

 

Equity and Diversity Metric

An additional metric on gender equity and diversity across the roles of the ARC Centre of Excellence is required to be submitted separately with the Annual Report. Targets will not be required for this metric.  This data is to be recorded as at 31 December of the reporting year.

The template with example data is provided below:

*Example KPI metric for Gender Equity and Diversity

Gender Equity and Diversity (census date 31 December 2019)

Gender Equity
Number of females

Diversity - Indigenous

Number of indigenous personnel

Diversity  - Disability

Number of personnel with a disability

Total personnel

Chief Investigators

7

1

1

21

Partner Investigators

4

0

0

9

Board membership

1

0

0

5

Students

13

2

0

30

Administrative staff

2

0

0

3

Submitting an Annual Report

By 31 March of the year following the reporting year, ARC Centres of Excellence must submit via email to ARC-Postaward@arc.gov.au:

  • Annual Report containing the reporting requirements for your ARC Centre of Excellence as noted in the Funding/Grant Agreement
  • A separate attachment including the Equity and Diversity metrics
  • CE20 only, either in the Annual Report or separately:
    • measurement and accounting of the Centre’s performance against performance targets as set out in Schedule D; and
    • details of the lodgement or reasons for non-lodgement of publications, data, specimens or samples with an appropriate repository, museum or archive in Australia.

Contact Us

For further information please contact the Major Investments team at the ARC on +61 2 6287 6600 or email your enquiry to ARC-Postaward@arc.gov.au.