Since 2007, the ARC has encouraged researchers to deposit data arising from research projects in publicly accessible repositories. The ARC’s position reflects an increased focus in Australian and international research policy and practice on open access to data generated through publicly funded research.
For more information, see ARC Research Data Requirement webpage
From February 2014 the Australian Research Council (ARC) application forms (Discovery; Linkage) have a short section where you are required to provide an outline of your data management plan. The outline should describe your plans for the management of data produced as a result of the proposed research,including but not limited to storage, access and reuse arrangements. This text is not expected to be more than half a page.
ANDS in ARC - guide to filling in the data management section indicates the benefits of outlining your research data management as follow:
The data management requirement in the ARC applications offers an opportunity for researchers to provide information to show how data management will enhance the research outcomes of their work and thus improve the competitiveness of their research proposal. This will not only contribute to how favourably the Research Environment criterion is considered, but also the Feasibility and Benefit criteria. Although the ARC is not mandating 'open data', it is sending a clear signal that it is committed to maximising the benefits of research it funds by fostering a culture of increased access and sharing of research data, backed by sound data management.
In the same guide you will be able to find the answer to the following questions and more:
2. What access will you provide to the data set on completion of the project?
3. How will you enable others to reuse your research data?