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Australasian Research Management Society


  • A stronger, vibrant research sector in the region;

  • High standards of research governance, including the protection of integrity and ethics of research; and

  • The profession of research management as integral to the research endeavour.



The ARMS Executive recently approved plans to develop a new Chapter in Tasmania which will become the 9th Chapter in the ARMS community. Although Tasmania has been included in a combined Victoria and Tasmania Chapter, it was felt that Tasmanian ARMS members would be better served with their own Chapter. The Tasmanian Chapter will be funded separately from the Victorian Chapter for 2015/16 financial year, and will become a full Chapter upon meeting the minimum thresholds for new chapters. The Tasmanian ARMS members are to be congratulated on their commitment and energy for pushing this new initiative. The Chapter will be convened by Adele Kay from the University of Tasmania, email

Operations of the Victorian Chapter will not be affected and will continue to be convened by Jayamini Illesinghe from Monash University and Suzanna Kovacevic from RMIT University.

The newly established Tasmanian Chapter is now calling for expressions of interest to join the Chapter Committee. The Chapter Committee offers a chance to engage with like-minded professionals from other parts of the research management sector, build networks and to help the Tasmanian Chapter host events which aim to build skills and engagement within the Tasmanian region.  If you would like to grow your professional networks and develop your own professional skills, please self-nominate by completing the Tasmanian Chapter Committee nomination form and forwarding it to - Adele Kay, Tasmanian Chapter Convenor- by 5pm AEST, 17 July 2015.


ARMS Training Fellows is a title given to an individual recognised by the Accreditation Council as having the knowledge and skills to present module material for the Foundation Level Accreditation Program.

The Accreditation Council, the committee authorised for overseeing quality standards of module content, previously called for nominations from qualified and experienced research managers to form an initial pool of presenters for the delivery of modules. These authorised module presenters have been designated ARMS Training Fellows and are recognised by the Accreditation Council as having the knowledge and skills to speak authoritatively on selected areas of research management and the ability to effectively train others.

The Accreditation Council has now identified a need for a wider spread of ARMS Training Fellows throughout Australia, New Zealand, PNG, the Pacific Islands and Singapore authorised to present module material and therefore forms the basis for this call.

ARMS Training Fellows will be required to deliver quality module presentation and will be recognised by other scholars and practitioners in the field as “knowledge experts” in the following topics:

  • The National Research and Innovation System in Australia (compulsory module) – Covering the role of government, business and higher education in the national research and innovation system, funding mechanisms, codes and current Issues.
  • The National Research and innovation Systems in New Zealand – (compulsory module) – Covering the role of government, business and higher education in the national research and innovation system, funding mechanisms, codes and current issues.
  • The National Research and Innovation Systems in Singapore (compulsory module) – Covering the role of government, business and higher education in the national research and innovation system, funding mechanisms, codes and current issues.
  • Legislation as it affects research in Australia (compulsory module) – covering the most common legislative framework affecting research in Australia.
  • Legislation as it affects research in New Zealand (compulsory module) – covering the most common legislative framework affecting research in New Zealand.
  • Legislation as it affects research in Singapore (compulsory module) – covering the most common legislative frameworks affecting research in Singapore.
  • Understanding Research and Researchers (elective module) – the only “soft skills” module in the Foundation level program. Covers models of research, what drives researchers, how to understand and relate to researchers.
  • Research Ethics – human and animal (elective module) – covering requirements of AHEC, the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review and the role of ethics administrators in supporting these Codes.
  • Research Integrity (elective module) – covering the emerging International Responsible Conduct of Research Codes, the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research. Includes examining institutional requirements of education, implementation, compliance and monitoring.
  • Pre-award grants processes (elective module) – covering the role of research administrators in pre-award grant processes, grants development programs, supporting researchers, Grantsmanship etc.
  • Post-award processes (elective module) – includes financial management and reporting requirements, institutional systems to support effective post award grants management, central vs devolved models, mechanisms for interaction with finance units, faculties, researchers and funders and IT support systems.
  • Research data and analytics (elective module) – includes management information systems, reporting, repositories, use of data to support strategy implementation and the emerging role of impact assessments.

Nomination Process
Nominees will be required to complete an ARMS Training Fellow 2015 Nomination Form. For further information please refer to the ARMS Training Fellows Call for Nomination Guidelines.

Completed nomination forms must be filled in electronically and signed (an electronic signature is preferred) and submitted to the ARMS Administration Officer at by cob 5 pm AEST 29 July 2015.

Further Questions
Any questions relating to the completion of this form can be directed to:
Dr Mark Hochman, Accreditation Program Manager, email
Ms Maria Zollo, ARMS COO – email




The Janet Dibb-Leigh Award for Distinguished Service to Research Management has been established to honour Ms Janet Dibb-Leigh, the Founding President of the Australasian Research Management Society and a highly respected individual recognised across the research management sector nationally and internationally for her dedication and outstanding contributions to ARMS and to the profession more broadly. 


TheJanet Dibb-Leigh Award for Distinguished Service to Research Management recognises individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of the research management sector throughout Australasia and Singapore.

The Award will be presented by the ARMS President, Simon Kerr at a Gala Dinner at the ARMS 2015 Conference on Thursday the 1ST of October 2015.


Nominations are now called for research management professions who have made a significant contribution to the profession and have been an active member of ARMS.


For further details please read the nomination guidelines. Completed nomination forms are to be submitted to the ARMS Administrative Officer, Tracey Kelly, by cob, AEST the 28th of August 2015. Late nominations will not be accepted.  





Thomson Reuters is the official sponsor for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Research Management Practice. The Award recognises outstanding contributions by an individual or team that have enhanced the profession of research management and administration through:  

a)      Leading change– characterised by engaging in best practice for sustainable outcomes; working collaboratively to enhance teamwork; and positively influencing others by building shared commitment to workplace and organisational objectives.

b)      Working smarter– characterised by using creative and innovative solutions that enable work to be carried out more easily, efficiently and/or productively, while not compromising the quality of outcomes.

c)       Providing quality service– recognised by client groups for consistently providing outstanding service that has enhanced the profession of research management.

d)      Innovation in research management– through the development of new ideas and the creation of novel solutions.

Two awards of up to $1,000 may be awarded annually.

For guidelines and application details, please visit the ARMS website. Completed nomination forms to be submitted to the ARMS Administrative Officer, Tracey Kelly email  Nominations for the 2015 round are due no later than 5PM AEST on 28 August 2015.



The Society is now calling for nominations from its members to serve as Office Bearers and Committee Members for four (4) positions which will become vacant after the Annual General Meeting of the Society in October.  The vacant positions are:

Committee Member(3 positions) – This role is responsible for ensuring that the Society’s mission and goals under the 2020 Strategic Plan are being achieved; acting as Convenors, either lead or deputy, for the Society’s Standing Committees as approved by the President; attending and participating in all scheduled face-to-face and teleconference meetings of the ARMS Executive; and assisting the ARMS Executive in carrying out its legal obligations. The committee member is appointed for a two year term and will not need to seek re-election for the second year of her/his appointment.

Treasurer (1 position) - The Treasurer is responsible for:

  • Maintaining accurate and current records and an audit trail of all accounts maintained by the Society;
  • Financial accountability including planning and budgeting in accordance with the ARMS 2020 Strategic Plan;
  • Advising the Executive on financial strategy including preparation of financial reports,  both current and forecasts;
  • Attending and participating in all scheduled ARMS Executive meetings;
  • Being informed about the Society’s mission, governance structure, and programs;
  • Preparation of the Society’s Annual Statement and its Annual Financial Statement for endorsement by our membership at the annual AGM; and
  • Assisting the Executive in carrying out its legal obligations.

To find out more, please review Supplementary Notes for the 2015 Election ProcessNomination forms are to be submitted to the ARMS Secretariat, Megan Ogier by cob 5 PM, 13 August 2015 to email


ORCID Joint Statement of Principle Launch Today in Canberra. 

Read an article about this collaboration in The Australian.


UPDATE: Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 Update – Legislation Providing Greater Clarity  

The Australasian Research Management Society is pleased to inform its members that the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 has now been passed.  The Bill addresses a range of concerns raised by universities and research organisations following the introduction of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012.

For more information please visit here.


ARMS has developed an Accreditation Policy and Procedures Manual. This manual has full details of all requirements to achieve accreditation and to maintain accreditation. 


ARMS Submission to "Combining Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Higher Research Data Collection (HERDC)" 


ARMS Report to Members - highlights from 1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014 (NEW)