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Research performance


The Office of Research collects and analyses data on research performance measures. This enables statistical quantitative and qualitative analysis, performance benchmarking and stakeholder reporting to identify and strategically manage the University’s research strengths, capabilities and opportunities.

Research performance data is used for government funding schemes, as well as the assessment of USC's excellence in research.

Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) comprises of research income data submitted by universities each year.

As a result of some recent changes to reporting requirements, research publications reporting has been removed as a driver for research block grant funding from 2017 and will no longer be reported as part of the annual HERDC submission.

Data collected, along with HDR completion data from the Higher Education Student Data Collection, is used to determine annual allocations to universities for the research block grants.

Research Publications Data Collection (RPDC)

Publications previously collected for the HERDC (Higher Education Research Data Collection are now being collected as RPDC (Research Publications Data Collection).

Publication data is to be collected by USC for the purpose of reporting on research activity internally, the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) initiative and for other research reporting schemes.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Higher Education 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Research and Experimental Development - Higher Education, involves a biannual survey to provide comprehensive data on Australia's research and experimental development effort.

The reporting enables the nature and distribution of Australia's research activity to be monitored by government policy analysts and advisers to business, government and economists.

Internal reports

The Office of Research prepares research performance data for a suite of internal USC reports. These include:

Research repository

USC Research Bank is the institutional research repository for USC. It provides an open-access showcase of the University’s scholarly research output ensuring research is made available to the local, national and international communities.

USC Research Bank is indexed by search engines and is also indexed by the National Library of Australia’s TROVE. By making research easily accessible, it also facilitates collaboration between researchers.

USC staff (including visiting and adjunct academic staff) and students are welcome to submit contributions to USC Research Bank by emailing New staff can submit publication CVs to have their whole body of research publications added.

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Research Master

Research Master is the University corporate information system for research related activity. The system is used to provide statutory research reporting to the Department of Education and Training and data reports for monitoring research performance across corporate planning targets. The system manages data relating to:

  • Research projects and grants
  • Research project requests
  • Research ethics

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Research codes

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) is the collective name for a set of three related classifications developed for use in the measurement and analysis of research and experimental development undertaken in Australia and New Zealand.

The ANZSRC is jointly produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand.


Team Leader, Research Performance Information
Dr. Lei Zhao
Tel: +61 7 5456 5483

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