AARE is engaged in activities to promote and advocate for the positive impact of educational research on policy and practice in education and associated areas of society.
Inquiry into Funding Australia's Research
Recently a submission was made by AARE to the Inquiry into Funding Australia's Research. More details about the Inquiry can be found at the Parliament of Australia. The Inquiry was referred to the Committee by the Minister for Employment, Education and Training. As a result of the submission the President was invited to attend an Inquiry hearing and this provided a further opportunity to advocate for educational research and fair funding practices.
At the Annual General Meeting of AARE members held in Canberra in November, 2017, the membership expressed deep concerns about the situation of asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island and Nauru and the infringement of their human rights. A motion was passed that AARE condemn the situation on Manus Island and Nauru, and Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies more generally. A statement was signed by members and forwarded to all relevant Federal Leaders, Ministers and Shadow Ministers in December, 2017. The statement condemned the inhumane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers being detained in offshore facilities, and called on the Australian Government and the Opposition to make immediate changes to current policies.
Statement about threats to educational research through casualization and university restructures
At the Annual General Meeting of AARE members held in Canberra in November, 2017, the membership expressed concerns about the current situation at Australian Universities and threats to educational research from casualization and university restructures. As a result a working party of those members who initially put forward the motion, and the President (2017-2018) has met throughout 2018 and the first Special Session seeking ways to protect and extend futures for educational research in the Australian university sector is planned for the AARE 2018 Conference.