Excellence in Research for Australia outcomes
Our ongoing commitment to high impact research at Swinburne is clearly demonstrated in the outcome of the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results.
This success, coupled with our rapid growth in research publications and funding, is driving our reputation as a world-class research organisation.
With large investments in infrastructure and technology, including the $7 million Innovation Precinct redevelopment and establishment of the Swinburne–Siemens Mindsphere Application and Demonstration Centre, Swinburne attracts renowned researchers, high profile industry partnerships and government grants that drive innovation.
Swinburne has also featured in the Victoria's Research Excellence - ERA Case Studies publication produced by Victoria's Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. The publication showcases Victoria's world leading research and development capabilities, organisations, cutting-edge facilities and world-class universities delivering industry-ready graduates.
A stellar performance in the 2018 ERA ratings demonstrates that Swinburne has risen rapidly to become a renowned research institution in Australia.
Our 2018 ERA ratings
The ERA rating system is administered by the Australian Research Council. University research is categorised into eight evaluation units, called Fields of Research (FoR). The council measures each university’s research programs against national and international benchmarks and then committees made up of renowned local and international researchers agree ratings.
The five ERA ratings are:
- 5 = Well above world standard
- 4 = Above world standard
- 3 = At world standard
- 2 = Below world standard
- 1= Well below world standard
Research in the 5-star category is considered to be ‘well above world standard’.
Astronomical and Space Sciences
Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics
Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Public Health and Health Services
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research in the 4-star category is considered to be ‘above world standard’.
Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Medical and Health Sciences
Information and Computing Sciences
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Urban and Regional Planning
Film, Television and Digital Media
Communication and Media Studies
Research in the 3-star category is considered to be ‘at world standard’.
Business and Management
Built Environment and Design
Design Practice and Management
Specialist Studies in Education
Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Studies in Human Society
Law and Legal Studies
Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Language, Communication and Culture
Our partnerships and collaborations
Our partnerships have been instrumental in effecting change with industry, government, community organisations, not-for-profits, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Learn more about these inspiring stories that were submitted in the 2018 Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI 2018) in parallel to ERA 2018.
Achievements and success stories
We don’t just talk the talk — we walk the walk. Read about some of our key partnerships, programs and recent success stories.
Our latest research news
5G garbage trucks driving the future of smart cities
A pioneering Swinburne partnership with Brimbank City Council will help identify roadside issues and slash maintenance costs, supported by the Federal Government.Friday 04 February 2022
More than $1.1mil in funding for Swinburne industry-linked projects
The projects will look at using recycled glass in roads, improving Australia’s 5G network, and boosting quality of life in aged care through technology.Wednesday 08 February 2023
Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests
Dr Norman Day analyses successful and unsuccessful approaches to green building design.Monday 04 January 2021
This is how we create the age-friendly smart city
Director of Swinburne’s Future Self and Design Living Lab, Associate Professor Sonja Pedell discusses how city environments can be designed to meet the needs and personal goals of older AustraliansFriday 05 March 2021
Zero-emissions aviation the focus for first Founder In Residence
Hydrogen and battery-powered air travel is on the horizon, thanks to Swinburne’s new Founder in Residence Rachael Barritt.Tuesday 31 January 2023
Contact Swinburne Research
Whatever your query please direct your general enquiry to the research team on +61 3 9214 4859 or via email@example.com.