The NUS Research Department provides professional policy research and analysis for NUS student representatives and keeps affiliated student organisations informed of policy that impacts the lives of students.

Many of the core decisions that impact on student life, like fees, campus experiences, support services, and criteria for financial support are made on a government level. Since 1987 NUS has been the principle voice bringing student perspectives to government decision-making. NUS participates in parliamentary committee inquiries, ministerial and departmental forums and working parties. Over the years NUS’ research has been pivotal in many important reforms, winning concessions that benefit students and graduates.

The Research Department prepares NUS’ submissions and higher education reports and surveys. We also produce regular higher education briefing papers for campus student representatives, activists and other interested students.


Submission to the Religious Discrimination (Consequential Ammendments) Bill 2019


Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee into the Tuition Protection Bill

Submission to the Standing Committee on Community Affairs into Centrelink’s Compliance Program

Consultation paper on Micro-credentials in conjunction with CAPA

Submission on the adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia

Feedback from NUS on the proposed amendments to the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (Freedom of speech)

Submission to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment (Prohibiting Academic Cheating Services) Bill 2019

Submission to the Tasmanian Government Consultation into Section 194k Evidence Act 2001

Briefing on the Federal Budget 2019

Submission to Tackling Contract Cheating

Submission to National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment into Australian Workplaces

Submission to Pre-Budget 2019-2020

Submission to the Australian Government Vocational Education and Training Review

Submission to the Review of Freedom of Speech in Higher Education


Annual Report 2018

Submission to the Disabilities Department: Students say fully fund and fix the NDIS and mental healthcare system

Submission to the NSW Legislative Council Portfolio Committee No. 1 – Premier and Finance inquire into and report on the price of fresh food in New South Wales

Submission to the Disabilities Department on University Campus Counselling and Disability Services

Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018 [provisions]

Submission to the Australian Labor Party Scope and Terms of Reference of the Inquiry Into Post-Secondary Education


The Student Housing Survey

Submission to the Independent review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education

Two Paths on Student Fees

International Update: English Student Loans, Corbyn and Free Education Realised in New York

Submission into the Australian Higher Education Amendment Bill

Submission into HESP discussion paper


Submission on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 II (Fee Deregulation)

Submission on the 2015/2016 Federal Budget

Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) Bill 2015

Submission to the Fair Work Commission- 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards. AM2014/305 - Penalty Rates


Submission on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Bill 2014

Submission on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 (Fee Deregulation)

Submission to the Inquiry into the Extent of Income Inequality In Australia


NUS SSAF Implementation Report

Submission on the Student Representation Guidelines Associated with SSAF

Submission on Start-Up Scholarships

Submission to the Review of the Demand Driven System