Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) (opens in a new window) was a nationwide assessment of Australia's research performance which highlighted national research strengths in disciplines of critical economic and social importance. For the purpose of ERA, research disciplines were assessed in two-digit and four digit classifications, with two-digit fields the broadest disciplinary classification. ERA was discontinued in 2022.

In the latest ERA evaluation in 2018, 85% of the University’s research was identified as ‘world standard or above’, and at the two-digit discipline level, 90% of our research was assessed at ‘world standard or above’. These results cement Western Sydney University’s standing as a world-class university with a growing international reach and a reputation for excellence.

Disciplines that scored a '5' rating, identifying them as 'well above world standard'

Two-digit Fields of Research: Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences; Biological Sciences; and Environmental Sciences.

Four-digit Fields of Research: Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Cultural Studies; Ecology; Ecological Applications; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Evolutionary Biology; Forestry Sciences; Microbiology; Nursing; Oncology and Carcinogenesis; Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Plant Biology; Soil Sciences; and Zoology.

Disciplines that scored a '4' rating, identifying them as 'above world standard'

Two-digit Fields of Research: Language, Communication and Culture; Mathematical Sciences; Medical and Health Sciences; and Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

Four-Digit Fields of Research: Applied Mathematics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Communication and Media Studies; Environmental Science and Management; Human Geography; Human Movement and Sports Science; Linguistics; Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry; Materials Engineering; Performing Arts and Creative Writing; Psychology; Pure Mathematics; Sociology; and Statistics.

Overview of Results

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018


Complementary and
Alternative Medicine
Microbiology Agricultural and Veterinary
Cultural Studies Nursing Biological Sciences
Ecological Applications Oncology and
Environmental Sciences
Ecology Pharmacology and
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Electrical and Electronic
Plant Biology  
Evolutionary Biology Soils Sciences  
Forestry Sciences Zoology  


Applied Mathematics Macromolecular and
Materials Chemistry
Language, Communication
and Culture
Biochemistry and
Cell Biology
Materials Engineering Mathematical Sciences
Communication and
Media Studies
Performing Arts and
Creative Writing
Medical and Health Sciences
Environmental Science
and Management
Psychology Psychology and Cognitive
Human Geography Pure Mathematics  
Human Movement and
Sports Science
Linguistics Statistics  


Analytical Chemistry Law Built Environment and Design
Artificial Intelligence and
Image Processing
Literary Studies Chemical Sciences
Astronomical and
Space Sciences
Mechanical Engineering Education
Building Neurosciences Engineering
Civil Engineering Other Studies in Human
History and Archaeology
Clinical Sciences Paediatrics and
Reproductive Medicine
Information and
Computing Sciences
Criminology Philosophy Law and Legal Studies
Curatorial and Related
Physical Chemistry
(Incl. Structural)
Philosophy and
Religious Studies
Distributed Computing Public Health and
Health Services
Physical Sciences
Education Systems Social Work Studies in Creative Art
and Writing
Film, Television and
Digital Media
Specialist Studies in
Studies in Human Society
Historial Studies 

Research Spotlight

Future Makers - Birthing

Delivering better birthing strategies

Educating pregnant women about complementary therapies could save millions of dollars every year.

Future Makers - Cancer

Accidental trip reveals a hidden pathway

An unexpected discovery could lead to new predictive biomarkers of drug response for cancer patients.

Future Makers - Dream Technology

Realising a dream technology

Tackling the condition of sleep apnoea could be as simple as slipping on a T-shirt.

Future Makers - Koala

A gut feeling

Work to understand the gut bacteria of koalas could enhance survival rates of this vulnerable species.

Future Makers - Camera

Focusing on space junk

Biologically-inspired cameras can track satellites that even the best optical
telescope cannot.

Future Makers - Plan Bee

Plan bee

In making plans to withstand a globally devastating bee parasite, researchers are finding other ways to help crops thrive.

Future Makers - Sally Power

Blueprint for a land of droughts and flooding rains

‘Stress testing’ pasture plant species to help safeguard Australia’s livestock and dairy industries.

Future Makers - Lynn Kemp

Helping children reach their potential

A maternal visiting programme developed in Western Sydney is helping children in Australia, and around the world, thrive.

Future Makers - Enclave

How an enclave became a cultural hub

From a haven for new migrants, to an attraction for curious Sydney-siders, Chinatown is now a cosmopolitan bridge between Australia and Asia.