Research in Australian universities delivers benefits for all Australians

Professor Graeme Clark is a world-renowned researcher, responsible for the development of the bionic ear. Clark began his work in 1967, creating the world-famous bionic ear in 1978. He has continued to improve his invention. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have benefited from his life-changing cochlear implant technology.

ARC-supported researchers from the University of Tasmania released 19 immunised Tasmanian devils into Narawntapu National Park as part of the quest to save the devil from extinction. For the first time a vaccine against the deadly cancer threatening the species was tested in the wild, and 18 of the devils produced an immune response to the vaccine.

A national engagement and impact assessment will encourage and reward this kind of work. All universities will have stronger incentives to develop research that directly benefits Australia.