Participation – Higher Education Staff Data Collection Review

On 25 May 2012, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) released an issues paper for the Higher Education Staff Data Collection Review.  The purpose of the Review is to determine how effectively the collection meets the needs of key stakeholders, and to consider recent issues raised by the sector, including the data used for the student to staff ratio. 

The Review will also consider whether any data currently reported may no longer be required. Submissions for this Review will be due by Monday 2 July 2012.

The issues paper can be found at: Issues paper ( PDF 735KB | DOCX 378KB)

The Department is interested in hearing about other ways that the current data is being used by individuals and organisations. Feedback from the sector will help to determine which parts of the collection are most relevant or need to be changed to meet the needs of the sector.
Key Questions:

  • 1. What do you or your organisation use the Staff Data Collection for?
  • 2. Does the current collection meet your needs or the needs of your organisation?
  • 3. What staff data is collected that is no longer useful? What staff data is not collected but would be useful?
  • 4. Are there any issues for providers if the Staff Data Collection is expanded to include information on the main campus location of each academic staff and to include offshore staff?
  • 5. Are there any issues for providers to report additional information on staff qualifications?
  • 6. What are the issues in extending staff data reporting requirements to all private higher education providers?
  • 7. How can the university-specific data elements be revised to reflect the structures and practices in private higher education providers?
  • 8. Is it possible for private higher education providers to report their staff under the current work level classifications ? If not, what are possible alternatives?
  • 9. Are there any issues for providers to apportion and report FTE weight to each activity undertaken by staff working in one organisational unit?
  • 10. What additional staff functions classifications would be most useful (in addition to teaching and research)? 
  • 11. Are there any issues for providers to report information (in line with reporting requirements for academic staff employed directly by the provider) on contract staff and staff employed by third party arrangements?
  • 12. Should Honorary and unpaid staff be included in the Staff Data Collection?
  • 13. If so, how should their teaching and research efforts be measured and recorded?
  • 14. Should the data collection for both full-time and fractional full-time staff, and casual staff be consistent? If so, is there a preference for a ‘point in time’ or an annual total?
  • 15. Are there any issues for providers to implement the proposed change to the casual staff file by 2014?
  • 16. Is the current method of converting casual hours to full-time equivalence accurate? If not, how can it be improved?
  • 17. Is the proposed method of calculating FTE using actual earnings /annual salary feasible?
  • 18. How does your institution or organisation use the staff-student ratio (SSR?)  Is there a better measure than the SSR that meets the needs of your organisation?
  • 19. What should and should not be included in the calculation of SSR?
  • 20. What other changes could be made to the Staff Data Collection for the purposes of the SSR?
  • 21.  What are the issues facing your institution in implementing the proposed changes from 2013 (for 2012 data) or 2014 (for 2013 data)?
  • 22.  What do you estimate would be the approximate cost for your institution of implementing the proposed changes?

Submission and Consultation Processes
The Department invites submissions from providers and key stakeholders in the higher education sector on the issues outlined in this paper and on any other key issues identified by the sector.  Submissions will help to inform the Department’s advice to the Minister regarding proposed changes to the Higher Education Staff Data Collection. The Government will consult with key stakeholders and peak bodies on any proposed changes. This Review is expected to be completed around September 2012.  The timeline for implementation of any changes will be considered in light of feedback in the submissions.

Making a Submission
Submissions to this paper are requested by close of business Monday 2 July 2012.
Submissions and other enquiries can be emailed to   or posted to:

  • Policy Section
    Higher Education Division
    Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
    GPO Box 9839
    Canberra  ACT  2601

The Department requests electronic submissions in Word or RTF format.
Your submission should clearly identify:
•    the name of the organisation or individual making the submission (if an organisation, please provide details of a contact person)
•    address
•    email
•    telephone

Individuals are welcome to make submissions.

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Call for Applications – Editor – International Journal of Bank Marketing

The International journal of Bank Marketing presents the latest research, practice and thinking on issues of current and future concern for financial services marketers.

The focus of the journal is on the adoption and implementation marketing management, business and consumer behaviour in the personal, corporate and international sectors of financial services.

The journal is now in its 30th year and is currently available in well over 2,000 universities around the world. Readership of the journal is extensive, registering over 200,000 article downloads in 2011.  

This is also leading to strong citation activity – the H index for the journal available via Scopus stands at 17. This shows a good level of citation activity and compares very well with titles which are both more general and more highly rated in terms of ABS ranking etc.

The journal is included in Scopus and numerous journal rankings including ABS (UK) and ABDC (Australia). It uses the Scholar 1 online submission system.

The current Editor, Professor Jillian Farquhar will be stepping down from her role at the end of the 2012 Volume.  This comes after a number of years of sterling effort in building up the journal. We would therefore welcome expressions of interest from those wishing to take on this role.

For further information or to apply please contact Richard Whitfield, the journal’s publisher, at

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2012.

Any application should include a current CV and a covering letter explaining the reason you are interested in the role, any relevant experience – for example guest editing special issues, and how you would like to see the journal develop.

Full details about the journal are available on the journal homepage at

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Oppportunity – Editorial role for Qualitative Market Research: an International Journal

Qualitative Market Research: an International Journal furthers the frontiers of knowledge and understanding of qualitative market research and its applications, exploring many contemporary issues and developments in marketing.

The journal covers all areas of qualitative market research and recent special issues have focused on topics such as:

  • Observational techniques
  • Projective techniques
  • AV representation in market research
  • The relationship between theory and practice.

The journal is now in its 15th year and, after many successful years as Editor, Professor Len Tiu Wright has decided to step down from her role. We are therefore seeking applications from those interested in taking on the Editorship.

Professor Wright founded the journal and, under her stewardship, it has become an excellent resource and outlet for research in the growing field of qualitative marketing research.

The journal is listed in most major rankings such as ABS in the UK, ABDC and ERA in Australia along with numerous European rankings. It is also covered by the increasingly influential Scopus service.

Readership of the journal is huge. There were over 130,000 downloads from the journal in 2011. Advantages for the new Editor include the journal being a member of Emerald’s increasingly influential collection of journals and books. QMR is promoted at a range of international events each year and the Editor will liaise with an experienced team at Emerald to ensure the journal develops as effectively as possible.

The journal has an online submission system using the Scholar One service and has four issues per year.

Full details of the journal can be found at

For further information or to apply please contact Richard Whitfield, the journal’s publisher, at

The closing date for applications is March 30th.

Any application should include a current CV and a covering letter explaining the reason you are interested in the role, what relevant experience you have – for example in terms of guest editing special issues, and how you would like to see the journal develop were you to be chosen as the next Editor.

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Opportunity: TED2013 Auditions

From April to June 2012, TED will hold public auditions in 14 cities on six continents seeking to uncover new talents, voices and ideas the world needs to hear. The entire TED community will have a chance to vote on the most promising presenters. And many of these will be invited to join us as speakers at TED2013. In fact, at least half of our program will be chosen this way ..

Nominate a marketing academic or put yourself up to be THE TEACHER … sharing valuable knowledge in a memorable way to teenagers or adults or THE CHANGE AGENT … helping shape the world’s future with work that matters or one of the other categories.

Audition details

  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Applications Open: March 19
  • Applications Close: April 8
  • Event Date: May 27

Reminders will happen. Get thinking about who should be in the frame from the ANZMAC community..

What is this? Sometimes events, opportunities, calls for discussion and participation from non-traditional areas, non-marketing, or industry come across our radar at ANZMAC. When they do, and they look like a possible opportunity for the community, we share them under the Opportunity heading.

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