The Australian Council of Graduate Research Inc (ACGR) is a not-for-profit forum of university representatives engaged in the leadership and management of graduate research, this is Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs. Typically representatives holds positions such as Dean or Director of Graduate Research or equivalent.
The purpose of the Council is to promote excellence in research training and scholarship and to seek to maintain and continue to improve national standards for all graduate research degree programs.
ACGR convenes biannually, generally in April/May and November. Conferences and workshops are facilitated by a biennial Executive Committee, comprising of seven full member representatives: a Convenor, an ex officio and five additional full members. Support to the Executive Committee and Convenor is provided by an Executive Officer.
Full membership is open to all Australian universities engaged in graduate research. The Council also welcomes associate membership from institutions in Australia and internationally. Approval of annual membership fees for the following year takes place at the second annual DDoGS meeting.
The Council provides Graduate School Deans, Directors and industry partners with an opportunity to share ideas, exchange professional development resources, and network. DDoGS convenes biannually to discuss national agenda issues in research training and share best practice.