Release type: Media Release


Industry PhDs open for 2024 applications


Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm
Assistant Minister for Education
Assistant Minister for Regional Development

The Australian Government is looking for researchers and businesses with big ideas for new and innovative solutions to tackle real world challenges to apply for Round 3 of the National Industry PhD Program.

Assistant Minister for Education, Senator Anthony Chisholm, said the program allows PhD candidates to work with universities and industry partners on innovative projects which will benefit all Australians.

“To date, the Government’s National Industry PhD Program has helped industry and universities work together on more than 70 projects to develop a new workforce skilled in transforming Australian world-class research into new products and services,” Assistant Minister Chisholm said.

“The program’s third round will continue to help support PhD candidates produce ideas which will develop solutions to some of the challenges facing our country and is an important part of our government’s efforts to see Australian research translated into tangible benefits for our nation.”

The Australian Government is investing $52 million in the National Industry PhD Program to create an additional 1,300 Industry PhDs over 10 years. It’s estimated the scheme will generate $10.6 billion in revenue for businesses.

“Australia produces a wealth of world-class research that must be fully harnessed so that we can develop the next great invention, following in the footsteps of life-changing Australian innovations like the cochlear implant and Wi-Fi,” Assistant Minister Chisholm said.

“Current projects being supported through the National Industry PhD Program include the manufacture of a cattle feed that reduces methane emissions and the use of robotics in warehousing.”

Monash University’s National Industry PhD Project Supervisor, Dr Leonie van ‘t Hag, is undertaking a pioneering research project to create compostable cling wrap project.

"This exciting research partnership will develop a process for converting local food waste into biopolymers for packaging materials, which would in turn contribute to Australia’s circular carbon economy.” Dr van ‘t Hag said.

Chief Executive Officer of Great Wrap, Jordy Kay, is working with Dr van ‘t Hag and is focussed on replacing petroleum-based plastics with a compostable alternative.

“Research is critical to support the optimisation of materials, as well as keeping an eye ahead on what is coming down the line." Mr Kay said.

Through the program, PhD candidates will develop the knowledge and skills to commercialise high-level research into innovative solutions.

Applications close 15 March 2024. Find out more or apply on the Department of Education website.