Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

ERA Documents

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has completed a comprehensive review of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI). 

The purpose of the review was to enable the ARC to:

  • simplify and streamline the programs
  • take advantage of recent developments in technology and big data
  • ensure the programs continue to reflect world’s best practice
  • respond to the ongoing needs of the university sector, government and the public for a robust evaluation of Australian university research quality, impact and engagement.

Read the ERA EI Review Final Report and recommendations

The next round of ERA will take place in 2023.

Reference Periods

Submission data for ERA 2023 will be collected for the following reference periods:

Data type

Reference Period


Research Outputs

1 January 2016 – 31 December 2021


Research Income

1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021


Staff Census Date 

As at 31 March 2022


The ARC will use the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) 2020 Fields of Research codes for ERA 2023.

Journal List

The ARC will consult with Australian Higher Education Providers and discipline peak bodies on the draft ERA 2023 Journal List (with ANZSRC 2020 Fields of Research codes) in 2022.

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 6-digit level to categorise research.

Southern Cross University's research in fourteen key areas has been given the highest possible classification of 'well above world standard' in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 national report.

  • Earth Sciences (04)
  • Geochemistry (0402)
  • Oceanography (0405)
  • Environmental Science and Management (0502)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Zoology (0608)
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (07)
  • Crop and Pasture Production (0703)
  • Fisheries Sciences (0704)
  • Forestry Sciences (0705)
  • Civil Engineering (0905)
  • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy (0914)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (1104)
  • Nursing (1110)

The University also received the classification of 'above world standard' and 'world standard' in an additional 9 research areas:

  • Environmental Sciences (05)
  • Soil Sciences (0503)
  • Biological Sciences (06)
  • Engineering (09)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (11)
  • Human Movement and Sports Science (1106) 
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (1302)
  • Tourism (1506)
  • Policy and Administration (1605)

Further information on our ERA outcomes can be found at:

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