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2017 BHERT Awards Winners

Celebrating Australian Industry-University Collaboration

Winners of the 2017 BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National (non-economic) Benefit pictured above.

2017 BHERT Awards winners

Read about the winning projects on the Campus Morning Mail website


Universities Australia makes compelling case for 50% more collaboration

The peak body for Australian universities, Universities Australia, on March 1 released their paper: “Clever Collaborations”:

The UA research identified that around 16,000 Australian businesses have formal partnerships with a university; these collaborations are contributing $19.4 billion, a year to Australia’s income, and has created an estimated extra 30,000 full-time Australian jobs. UA – supported by BHERT – is calling for a concerted effort to increase collaboration participation by 50%, around 24,000 businesses.

Cybersecurity: A World without Borders


A recent survey reported that over 60% of organisations had been breached in 2015. This suggests that all organisations, no matter their size need to have a cyber incident response plan in place. In this issue of The BHERT News we invited experts in the field of cybersecurity to offer their knowledge on how you can shape your organisation's actions to the ever-changing digital landscape.



BHERT promotes and facilitates:

  • university-business collaboration,
  • innovation through collaborative partnerships,
  • business investment in university R&D,
  • research outcomes of direct benefit to business and industry, and
  • productive engagement leading to world class graduates.

BHERT adds value through its unique membership, its engagement on policy issues with government and its commitment to better business/education outcomes through collaboration.



Flinders University - developing the next generation defence workforce and technologies

Flinders University and the Department of Defence have entered a new phase of collaboration, supported by the federal government’s Next Generation Technologies Fund.




New BHERT Member, APR.Intern, is playing a critical role in bringing 21st-century skills into Australian industry.


Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern has partnered with the Australian Government to deliver a $28.2m internship program, aimed at increasing university and industry collaborations through the placement of 1,400 PhDs into three to five-month industry internships by 2020.

A new government rebate of 50 per cent on the cost of an internship will aim to create and cement ongoing industry and university research opportunities. Businesses gain access to affordable expertise through the PhD and academic mentor team, while the students gain invaluable experience in an industry setting.

These placements will prioritise domestic students, with a focus on equity and engaging women in STEM as well as regional, indigenous and the disadvantaged. The APR.Intern program caters for PhDs of all disciplines and links with all industry sectors.

A not-for-profit program, APR.Intern (formerly AMSI Intern) has been working at the nexus between industry and universities since 2007, connecting PhD students and their academic mentors with businesses through short-term, tightly focused research projects.

To understand more, read about APR.Intern’s success stories -



  • ANSTO - Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • ANU - Australian National University
  • Australian Postgraduate Research APR Intern
  • BCA - Business Council of Australia
  • CQ University Australia
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Stuart University
  • Chartered Accountants Australia Business
  • Corporate Business Cisco
  • CPA Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Dimension Data - Technology Industry Business
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • Business Intersective
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Business Optus
  • Business PWC
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Business Smart Employment Solutions
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Telstra Business
  • The University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle Australia
  • UNSW Sydney Tertiary Education
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • UTS University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Western Australia
  • Victoria University Melbourne Australia
  • Westpac Bicentennial Foundation
  • Western Sydney University
  • Woodside Petroleum Company

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