Higher Education Research Data Collection

About the HERDC

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) comprises of research income and research publications data submitted by universities each year. Each year, the department updates the HERDC specifications in consultation with universities and other relevant stakeholders. The HERDC specifications control the collection of higher education research data and are designed to ensure the Australian Government’s research block grants are allocated in a fair and transparent way and to support the policy intent of the funding.

Data collected, along with data from the Higher Education Student Data Collection, is used to determine annual allocations to universities for the research block grants.

2015 HERDC Specifications

The 2015 HERDC Specifications (for the collection of 2014 data) are now available.

The 2015 HERDC Specifications were endorsed by Universities Australia.

For enquiries relating to the specifications of the collection, email: RBGrants@education.gov.au.

2015 HERDC Smart Forms

2015 Smart Forms are now available for the reporting of data for HERDC.

Returns are due by 30 June 2015.

Technical Advice - Calculation of Book Chapter Values for an Author

This spreadsheet provides assistance for research officers to attribute book chapter values to an author for HERDC Return 2 (Research Publications):

Historical Information - HERDC Specifications

2007 to 2009 HERDC Specifications are available by emailing the department at: RBGrants@education.gov.au with "HERDC" as the subject line.