Access & Pricing

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Access to the THD funded capabilities and pricing of projects is guided by the following general guidelines;

  • Infrastructure is accessible by access regime specified for all classes of researchers including:
    • meritorious researchers (these include research students and early career researchers);
    • commercial users; and
    • international users.
  • Separate pricing arrangements may need to be put in place for other classes of users or for collaborative use, e.g.  a collaborative research project involving university and commercial researchers.  In all cases, the aim should be to make the research facility available at a price that is affordable for the respective classes of users.
  • The terms of access should be transparent to users and potential users.
  • Each facility operator has a strong ‘customer service’ ethic and strives to provide a high level of service for users. 
  • Facilities should not put in place arrangements that become de facto barriers to entry for users.  Policies on pricing, the treatment of intellectual property, compliance with industry standards, insurance, OH&S issues etc should not deter researchers from using a facility.
  • Facility Users / Researchers will need to comply with reasonable security requirements and access standards where appropriate.
  • Access regimes will need to clearly specify those instruments and/or facilities within the institution, and the proportion of their capacity, that will be made available to users under special terms and conditions (based on a reasonable assessment of the circumstances in each case). 
  • It is expected that pricing for meritorious researchers should not exceed the marginal cost of providing access.  The precise level of charging for these users at a particular facility will however need to take account of the cost structure applying in that instance.
  • Marginal cost represents the cost of accommodating one additional user at the facility.  In most instances, this will equate to the avoidable costs related to that extra user, such as consumables and any additional support staff.
  • It is not intended that pricing for meritorious researchers will recover depreciation expenses. 
  • Pricing for commercial users should generally be at a market rate.  It is expected that this rate would normally reflect full cost recovery including depreciation.
  • The pricing policy for international users should be specified.  It is expected this will take into account differences between institutional and commercial users and will need to be consistent with any existing international agreements on access and pricing.