CaRST was implemented by the University to:

  • Develop a coordinated approach to HDR training across the University
  • Expand HDR training to take into account a variety of career destinations and skills development needs
  • Create a high quality and contemporary training program for researchers to become leaders in their chosen fields

Initially piloted in 2016, CaRST became a compulsory requirement for all PhD and MPhil students commencing on, or after, 1 January 2017.

There are a number of policies, strategies, and stakeholder feedback that have helped shape the CaRST program. These include:

  • Australian Graduate Research Good Practice Guidelines 2018
  • ACOLA Review of Australia’s Research Training System (2016)
  • Vitae’s Researcher Development Statement and Framework
  • University of Adelaide ‘Beacon of Enlightenment’ Strategic Plan (2013-2023) and Operational Plan (2016-2018)
  • University of Adelaide Research Strategic Plan 'Research for Impact' (2016-2018)
  • 2015 Review of University Skills Development for HDR Students and 2014 AGRS Skills Development Survey for HDR Students