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The ARC is responsible for administering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), Australia’s national research evaluation framework. ERA identifies and promotes excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia’s higher education institutions. 

Through ERA the ARC is tasked with identifying excellence in research, by comparing Australia's university research effort against international benchmarks, creating incentives to improve the quality of research and identifying emerging research areas and opportunities for further development.

The first full round of ERA occurred in 2010 and the results were published in early 2011. This was the first time a nationwide stocktake of discipline strengths and areas for development had ever been conducted in Australia. There have been three subsequent rounds of ERA in 2012, 2015 and 2018. 

The State of Australian University Research 2018–19: ERA National Report presents the outcomes of the most recent round, ERA 2018.

The report found Australia is increasingly performing above world standard in terms of research quality. Highlights include:

  • More than half (57 per cent) of units assessed in broad discipline areas were rated above or well above world standard. 
  • Australia exceeds international standards in 11 broad disciplines including technology, mathematics, medicine, engineering and in sciences relating to our earth and environment.
  • The number of publications submitted for ERA assessment exceeded 500,000 for the first time.

Links here comprise:

  • The ERA 2018 National Report
  • Research Outputs—metadata for the research outputs submitted by universities for ERA 2018
  • Outcomes—the ERA ratings for Fields of Research at each institution for each round of ERA (ERA 2018, ERA 2015, ERA 2012, ERA 2010). 
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