Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is an independent assessment coordinated by the Australian Research Council (ARC). It is designed to assess research quality in Australia's higher education institutions by measuring the research performance of universities.

ERA assesses research at the discipline level and uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Field of Research (FoR) Codes at the 4-digit level to categorise research.

Southern Cross University's research in nine key areas has been given the highest possible classification of 'well above world standard' in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 national report. 

'Well above world standard' (ERA rating of 5)

  • Geochemistry (0402)
  • Oceanography (0405)
  • Environmental Science and Management (0502)
  • Zoology (0608)
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (07)
  • Crop and Pasture Production (0703)
  • Forestry Sciences (0705)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (1104)
  • Nursing (1110)

The University also received the classification of 'above world standard' and 'world standard' in an additional 15 research areas:

'Above world standard' (ERA rating of 4)

  • Earth Sciences (04)
  • Environmental Sciences (05)
  • Soil Sciences (0503)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Fisheries Sciences (0704)
  • Civil Engineering (0905)
  • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy (0914)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (11)
  • Human Movement and Sports Science (1106) 

'World standard' (ERA rating of 3)

  • Biological Sciences (06)
  • Engineering (09)
  • Education (13)
  • Tourism (1506)
  • Studies in Human Society (16)
  • Policy and Administration (1605)

Further information on our ERA outcomes can be found at: