ARC Progress Reporting by Exception

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

Amendments to ARC reporting requirements: The ARC has introduced annual project reporting by exception for all grants. 

Progress reporting by exception

Commencing in 2013, reporting on progress for ALL ARC-funded projects is to be by exception, due by the 31st of March each year.

An Exception Report on Progress – ARC-funded Research - must be submitted only if there are significant issues affecting the progress of a project during the last calendar year. 
A significant issue can be taken to have arisen in circumstances in which:

  1. a delay to the project’s research program could result in the project exceeding by more than 12 months the number of years for which funding has been allocated; and/or
  2. a disruption to the project has occurred which could potentially compromise the successful achievement of the project’s outcomes.
    Such a disruption might, for example, be in the form of:
    - a project transfer to a new Administering Organisation;
    - the loss of a lead Chief Investigator, Fellow or Award recipient;
    - changes to project elements funded as Special Conditions;
    - Partner Organisations not meeting their agreed contributions.

These examples are not exhaustive and are not meant to be prescriptive – Project Leaders should exercise judgement as to the need to submit an Exception Report, on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that where issues arise for a project that require a request for approval to be made to the ARC, the request must be submitted through the appropriate channel – for example, an End of Year Report for carryover of funds, or a Variation to Funding Agreement request for changes to investigators or organisations, or transfer of a project or Fellowship – and not as part of progress reporting. 


Progress reporting for ARC funding 

The  Exception report on Progress template is available

Exception reports on Progress should be submitted electronically to