THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
Minister for Education

CELIA HAMMOND MP
Member for Curtin

MEDIA RELEASE

13 November 2019

World-leading research in Perth’s backyard

World-leading research will take place in Perth thanks to Morrison Government funding.

The Morrison Government is providing $2 million to fund five research projects at the University of Western Australia, through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Member for Curtin Celia Hammond congratulated the researchers who will conduct world-leading research.

“One project will research anxiety which will help inform our Government’s approach to tackling mental illness. Another project will combine fluid mechanics, statistics and applied maths to help improve our understanding of ocean waves and improve how we design off-short gas platforms and wind farms,” Ms Hammond said.

“These are world-leading research projects addressing important issues that will make a real difference to every Australian.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said research done at our universities led to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains.

“The productive capacity of our nation relies on educated workers, able to access innovation and research, to drive growth and opportunity,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our Government is making a significant investment in Australia’s next generation of researchers working in key priority areas to grow our research and innovation capacity.

“This research will generate new knowledge, develop new technologies, and lead to new products and jobs. The research targeting natural disasters will make Australians safer and improve how we prepare for future challenges.”

The Morrison Government is providing $81.8 million to fund 200 research projects through the DECRA program.


Media contact:
Tehan: Byron Vale 02 6277 7350 | minister.media@education.gov.au
Hammond: Louis Meyer 08 9388 0288