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.


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

A 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