Australian universities host many researchers from other countries. These global research partnerships are making significant contributions to some of the biggest challenges of our time.

Over decades of research, Australian research teams – many working with international researchers – have developed Wi-Fi, penicillin, the cochlear implant, the black box flight recorder and the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine, among many others.

Researchers often work together across disciplines, breaking down traditional borders to foster productive international collaboration, and fast-track practical, applied research in every sphere.

In Australia, there is significant collaboration between universities, governments and industry, large investments in research institutes, and the fostering of major global research partnerships.

An extraordinary history of innovation

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings confirm that every one of Australia’s 43 universities is either ‘world-leading’ or ‘world-class’ in at least one area of research.

Australian universities work closely with governments to foster international collaboration and investment in research and the commercialisation of technologies. Many have established a strong reputation for being pro-business and pro-innovation.


Research in Australia is creating real change for individuals, communities and industries. Health and medical research is leading to better results for patients and more efficient healthcare services. Environmental research is leading to better management of the world’s natural resources.

Agricultural research is producing nutritionally improved foods and providing greater food security for our region. Research in the social sciences is resulting in more effective government policies and improving our understanding of community attitudes and behaviours.

New industries, products and services are also being created as a result of Australian university research. Biotechnology and medical device companies have developed tools that improve the accuracy of patient diagnosis and treatment.

The global mining and resources industries continue to rely on Australian research and development to grow their business while ensuring environmental sustainability.

Australia’s research partnerships are updated annually by Universities Australia.

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