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BHERT Announces Closure

The Board of BHERT has recommended to its Members that BHERT cease operations after completion of the 2019 BHERT Awards, and undertake voluntary deregistration.  BHERT has made a significant contribution to Australian industry-university collaboration over 28 years. BHERT activities are likely to cease in the 2nd week of August 2019.  Please contact CEO Dr Peter Binks on for more information.

BHERT Presidents Honoured in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Awards

BHERT extends its congratulations to former BHERT Presidents, Dr Peter Tyree AM and Dr Mark Toner AM on their recognition in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Both have been made Members of the Order of Australia. Dr Tyree was recognised for services to Engineering and Education, while Dr Toner was honoured for his contribution to Engineering and Technological Sciences. 

BHERT CEO Dr Peter Binks commented, “We are delighted that Dr Tyree and Dr Toner have been recognised for their career-long dedication to furthering engineering education and collaboration in Australia. Under their respective Presidencies with BHERT, Dr Tyree and Dr Toner championed collaboration between universities and industry in this crucial field. It is great to see their contributions celebrated.”

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.


Winners of the 2018 BHERT Awards

Congratulations 2018 BHERT Award Winner for Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit, Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance, as Curtin University announces the Governor of Western Australia, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, as Patron. Read the Press Release.

Decided by a panel of judges headed by Mr John Grace AO with Deputy Chair Professor Marie Wilson from UniSA Business School, the 2018 BHERT Award winning projects were celebrated at a Gala Dinner on Tuesday 13 November, 2018.

2018 BHERT Awards Winners Press Release


Learn more about the winning projects

BHERT 2018 Awards demonstrate strength of collaboration in Australia

In 2018, the BHERT Awards for outstanding collaboration with and by Australian universities and higher education institutions celebrate their 21st year – and have truly come of age.

The Awards are well-recognized as the pre-eminent recognition of university partnerships, but also act as a barometer of industry-university collaboration in Australia.

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Dr Cathy Foley appointed CSIRO Chief Scientist

BHERT CEO Dr Peter Binks commented, “We are delighted at Dr Foley’s appointment. She is already making a great contribution to science and business in Australia, and this role will give her leadership within and on behalf of CSIRO”.

Dr Cathy Foley is a member of an outstanding BHERT Awards Panel drawn from across Australian business and science to judge the 2018 BHERT Awards.

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Charles Sturt University - Strengthening Fire Resilience in the Blue Mountains

CSU researchers Associate Professor Valerie Ingham and Dr Sarah Redshaw oversaw two projects in partnership with community organisations and local emergency services for better crisis planning and action during fire seasons.



BioFuel from Desert Plants: JCU drives growth in arid regions

AusAgave, in collaboration with James Cook University is developing agave,a versatile crop that is scalable, adaptable, pest- and disease-free, and can be used as a biomass feedstock, in some of Australia's harshest climates - and it's thriving.




Long-standing BHERT Member Edith Cowan University, a member profile


ECU’s world-class research strives to make a difference to the community in Western Australia and beyond.

Learn more about Edith Cowan University



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.



  • 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
  • Deloitte Australia
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • KPMG Australia
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Business Optus
  • Business Practera
  • Business PWC
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Telstra Business
  • Tyre Stewardship Australia
  • 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

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