Universities Accord Interim Report Submission 2023

A Universities Accord with an excessive focus on technical skills, or single-sector skills, risks selling Australians short. To get the right mix of skills, we need the humanities at the national strategy table.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities is the national body for the humanities in Australia. Our Fellowship comprises over 700 humanities leaders whose significant expertise and experience, nationally and internationally, we draw on to provide independent advice to government.

We thank the Accord Panel for the opportunity to respond to the Interim Report. This submission focuses on seven priorities to feed directly into the Panel’s next stage of deliberations and the working groups convened to support Accord work streams: Governance, Research Policy, and Indigenous Knowledges. Read our full response here.

Policy & Advice

We provide independent expert advice about the humanities in Australia and apply humanities expertise to public policy challenges. Key areas of focus in our policy work include national research infrastructure, research engagement and impact, humanities skills and capability development, and international collaboration. Learn more about our policy work. 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.