The internal charge rate applies to:
- all microscope use by Monash staff and students who are working on internal University projects;
- all collaborative work with an external researcher intended for publication with a Monash co-author.
The current internal charge for electron microscope use is $40/hr. There is also a one-off charge of $500 for new users requiring training.
There is no charge for a reasonable amount of Client work carried out by a MCEM staff member on behalf of a Monash user (other than for microscope time) but the amount of Client work that can be undertaken is limited.
This internal charge rate represents a small fraction of the real cost of maintaining and operating these multi-million dollar instruments and of the cost of providing expert staff to train and support users. The rate is very heavily subsidised by the University and is comparable or less than that charged by other Go8 universities.
External charges: publicly funded researchers
The charge rate for use of any microscope except the FEI Titan aberration-corrected TEM by an Australian publicly funded researcher is $90/hr (ex-GST). The charge for use of the Titan TEM is provided on a case by case basis.
There is an additional charge of $100-$150 per hour for staff time (ex-GST).
External charges: commercial entities
External industry users should contact the Manager to discuss their microscopy needs.
Important Note to Monash University Staff: Undertaking external work at the internal charge rates may be both a breach of University policy and illegal under Trade Practices Act administered by the ACCC. Monash University Staff or Students who need to undertake microscopy on behalf of an external client must discuss this with the Manager well in advance of when they plan to start the work.