Release type: Media Release


Improving HASS and Indigenous research infrastructure


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The Morrison Government is investing in research infrastructure to support improved management and use of Indigenous data collections. 
The Government will provide $8.9 million to create a data network that will transform how Australian social and cultural data is accessed, curated and analysed. The project will support the development of eResearch platforms and tools for visualisation, transcription and entity recognition. 
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the investment would boost Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) and Indigenous research capability. 
“Our investment will improve the reliability and consistency of data for Indigenous Australians to better support evidence-based Indigenous policy-making,” Mr Tehan said. 
“This project will complement the additional $1 billion for university research in this year’s Budget and the $5.8 million to design a scheme to accelerate turning research into new products, job creation, productivity gains and economic growth. 
“The national-scale infrastructure investment will provide significant benefits for all Australians and drive the development of systems and tools for capturing new and emerging data. 
“This funding will build on existing research infrastructure to enhance research in a broad range of fields, and improve the capacity of researchers to access, preserve and disseminate quantitative and qualitative social science data sources. 
“This investment is part of the 2020 National Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, which provides almost $160 million for national research infrastructure projects.”