Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the Australian Research Council (ARC) would take steps to address gender disparities in the ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) selection rounds, assessment processes and panel memberships.

Minister Tehan also announced two outstanding female researchers whom would act as ambassadors to promote up-and-coming women in research.

Professor Belinda Medlyn at Western Sydney University has been awarded the 2019 ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor Lynette Russell at Monash University has been awarded the 2019 ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow.

The announcement comes as the ARC today publishes the Gender and the Research Workforce report, which provides an analysis of staffing data from the ERA 2018 evaluation as well as data from previous ERA evaluations.