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Our vision

At Swinburne, we are dedicated to producing outstanding research that is relevant and internationally recognised. We offer our research students, staff and collaborators the opportunity to participate in world-changing projects. We invest in these projects and in excellent facilities to support these research activities.

Core strengths

Research at Swinburne is focused on our core strengths. Through this focused approach we are able to concentrate our human and technical resources to create real change in the world. We work on innovative solutions and research programs that advance the economic, health and wellbeing of society. Our research and development activities occur in five key areas:

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Looking to the future

Through strategic investment in infrastructure and research excellence, we are now internationally recognised as a research-intensive university of world standard. We are committed to encouraging, supporting and investing in research and development that aspires for the highest quality. We move forward with a focus on outcomes and impact through close engagement with industry and the broader community. Our research informs public debate and policy development and ensures the currency of our teaching. We aim to attract high quality research students and staff by providing outstanding research infrastructure and we pursue strategic partnerships that increase our capability and impact.

Creative partnerships with industry

We have a reputation for creativity and excellence in applied research, and our research innovation and collaboration with industry has resulted in the commercialisation of countless new ideas, products and services. Our past success is demonstrated by our impressive record of scholarship, publication and research funding, while our ongoing commercial, government and community partnerships ensure a bright future for research at Swinburne.


Swinburne researchers are committed to the highest ethical, professional and scholarly standards. At Swinburne, our research conforms to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. These standards promote ethically sound research, which includes demonstrating respect for the rights and interests of research participants and the community. They also include a commitment to the humane care and use of animals for scientific purposes and responsible biosafety practices. Researchers must submit a proposal to the relevant ethics or biosafety committee before they can proceed with their research project. A proposal will only be approved if it meets the requirements of the code and any other external or internal standards. The project must then be conducted within the terms of the approval; any deviations must be submitted for timely ethical review as appropriate.

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