Research, technology and innovation

New South Wales is strongly committed to innovation and technology development. Led by Sydney, it is home to Australia’s largest hub of education technology companies, which are supported by a vibrant ecosystem. The state also has effective mechanisms for protecting intellectual property, making it an attractive destination for researchers and research investors.

Strong research base

NSW boasts Australia’s premier research and higher education infrastructure, including the largest number of university and private higher education providers in the nation.

All 11 of the state’s universities are involved in global research and academic collaboration networks – often with some of the world’s largest multinational companies. These networks cover such fields as agriculture, information technology, manufacturing and mining.

NSW experts dominate Commonwealth research funding and receive more backing from the Australian Research Council than those in any other state .

The state’s researchers have contributed to world-first breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, astrophysics, biotechnology, medical technology, drug design, nanotechnology and solar power, both individually and in collaboration with international universities.

Fostering innovation

NSW universities have dedicated spaces for startups, including the University of Sydney’s Incubate, the University of Technology Sydney’s The Hatchery and the University of New South Wales’ Torch Innovation Precinct.