Staff involved in the tendering and pricing of goods and services (including research) provided by ECU, or who are in receipt of certain grant funding must refer to the University Services Charge Policy.
Where ECU receives external funding for activities, the charge is intended to contribute to funding the activity’s indirect costs and to support compliance with Competitive Neutrality principles.
The charge is 15% of gross revenue, or as determined from time to time by the Vice-Chancellor. The charge is debited to the project receiving the revenue and is distributed as follows:
ECU is a registered Research Provider under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986. To comply with registration requirements, we commit to basing our pricing on 'ordinary commercial terms' requiring full cost recovery and no government subsidisation.
In the case of Australian Competitive Grant Funding, the Commonwealth funds indirect research costs through the Sustainable Research Excellence and Research Infrastructure Block Grant Schemes. In these cases, University Service Charges are not permitted.
Exemptions are granted in exceptional circumstances only. An exemption application needs the support of the Dean/Director. In addition, research projects require the endorsement of the Director of the Office of Research and Innovation. Once an exemption is granted, the income will not attract the charge. In certain cases, your school or centre may exempt the 5% which funds the school indirect costs. For guidelines, please refer to your Finance Team.
Please download the Guidelines for Calculating USC document.
Yes. It is a broad-based charge to contribute to ECU and school indirect costs. Your project or initiative should be fully costed. In that way if you need to recover costs over and above the standard rate you’re able to do so. Your Finance Team or Business Manager can help with the appropriate way to do this as it will vary according to different funding guidelines.
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