Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) outcomes

Swinburne’s ongoing commitment to high impact research is clearly demonstrated in the recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings. This success, coupled with our rapid growth rates in research publications and funding, ensures we continue to be a world-class research destination. With large investments in infrastructure and technology, including the $7 million Innovation Precinct (Innovation Hub) redevelopment and launch of the MindSphere Centre for Australia, 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. 

Across disciplines

A stellar performance in the 2018 ERA ratings demonstrates that Swinburne has risen rapidly to become one of the most renowned research institutions in the country.

ERA ScoreField of Research
5 Mathematical Sciences
5 Applied Mathematics
5 Physical Sciences
5 Astronomical and Space Sciences
5 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics
5 Optical Physics
5 Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
5 Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural)
5 Engineering
5 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
5 Neurosciences
5 Nursing
5 Medical Physiology
5 Public Health and Health Services
5 Psychology
5 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
4 Quantum Physics
4 Chemical Sciences
4 Analytical Chemistry
4 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry
4 Biomedical Engineering
4 Civil Engineering
4 Materials Engineering
4 Mechanical Engineering
4 Nanotechnology
4 Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
4 Computer Software
4 Technology
4 Communications Technologies
4 Medical and Health Sciences
4 Microbiology
4 Information and Computing Sciences
4 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
4 Urban and Regional Planning
4 Film, Television and Digital Media
4 Communication and Media Studies
3 Distributed Computing
3 Clinical Sciences
3 Applied Economics
3 Business and Management
3 Marketing
3 Sociology
3 Biological Sciences
3 Information Systems
3 Built Environment and Design
3 Design Practice and Management
3 Specialist Studies in Education
3 Economics
3 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
3 Studies in Human Society
3 Law and Legal Studies
3 Law
3 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
3 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
3 Language, Communication and Culture
3 Education

How it works

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 assign ratings. 

The five ratings are:


Well above world standard


Above world standard


At world standard


Below world standard


Well below world standard