ACIAR was established in 1982, under the ACIAR Act, which included provision for a sunset review of the Centre after 10 years of operation. This review recommended that the sunset clause be lifted, to be replaced by periodic reviews of the Centre.
As a result, ACIAR’s effectiveness has been assessed formally through reviews at regular intervals throughout its years of operation.The reviews that have been conducted of the Centre as a whole are:
- Mid-Term Review (1988-89)
- Review by the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JCFADT) (1991-92), as the primary mechanism for the 'sunset' review
- 'Nairn' Review
- Independent Review of ACIAR (2013) .
These reviews, and ACIAR’s formal responses (where applicable), are included in the attachments below.
In addition, reviews of the Australian aid program or its components, such as the Simon's review of the Australian aid program (1996-97), have also been included below:
Crawford Study Committee Report January 1976
ACIAR Training Program
Falvey Review of ACIAR Training Program 1998