In an increasingly globalised and digital world, education is the spark that ignites new ideas, increases economic outcomes and creates social inclusion. Developing quality education and training opportunities is a joint effort, bringing together experts in education, social and wellbeing policy, digital inclusion, literacy, skills gaps, and personalised and quality learning.

At UniSA, our experience as a leading education provider and home to world-class education research, allows us to take an open-minded, multidisciplinary approach to improve Australia’s education sector. 

We believe that working closely with industry, government and the community leads to creating education systems that are technology driven, socially inclusive and provide tailored learning experiences. To do this, we bring together researchers from many disciplines including education, information technology, psychology, sociology, policy development and linguistics.

What we do

Helping to inform socially inclusive education policies


Consulting on how to use technology and artificial intelligence to transform teaching methods and personalise learning experiences


Supporting educator development through professional training, learner analytics and competency mapping

Inspiring young talent through project-based PhD opportunities is another way that we work with partners to support thought leadership and address complex problems. Our researchers and students work with industry on a variety of projects, including:  

  • Development of sexual education resources for Australia’s National Curriculum in Health and Physical Education 
  • Production of creative strategies to support learning outcomes in numeracy 
  • Improved support services for youth from refugee backgrounds 
  • Development of a water literacy program for children.  

Our expert researchers work with our partners and the community to create and implement initiatives that support the education and training sector.

Our partners

At UniSA, we match our research strengths and capability with the demands and opportunities of our partners, and maximise the mutual benefits of engagement.

Samsung
Government of South Australia – Department for Education and Child Development
Comunet
Practera
CareerTrackers

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Why partner with UniSA?

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ABOVE WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH IN EDUCATION

Results for Specialist Studies in Education -2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  

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No.1 IN AUSTRALIA FOR RESEARCH IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT

2018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed
Fields.

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#1 YOUNG UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS

2022 THE Young University Rankings – Industry Income Indicator.

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#1 YOUNG UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR INDUSTRY INCOME

2022 THE World University Rankings

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100% OF OUR ASSESSED RESEARCH RATED AT OR ABOVE WORLD-CLASS

2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.

Partner case studies

Using children’s voices to build better worlds

Decisions affecting children’s lives are made every day, often with little input from children themselves. In partnership with Australian Department of Education, local communities and importantly, children, we found a better way. Children were engaged directly and involved in the decision-making to ensure their voices were heard. Through this partnership we developed UniSA’s Children’s Voices principles, which involved talking with children about their lives and needs, collecting their responses and encouraging them to become involved in decisions that affect them.

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“We have engaged end-users with the voices of over 5,000 children to date. This engagement has influenced state policies, national Child-Friendly Cities approaches, community planning, children’s literacy, and the provision of educational resources.”

Professor Pauline Harris, Chair in Early Childhood (Research), University of South Australia

Explore our research

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, our research centres work closely with industry and the professions on projects that address digital and social inclusion, educational policy issues, and workforce improvements in education and training.

Experts in education & training

Meet our researchers and learn about how they are working towards solving industry and partner challenges.

I’m passionate about research that contributes to the understanding of inclusive educational practices. Alongside partners such as UNICEF Australia, Commissioners for Children and Young People and Principal Associations, I am investigating exclusionary policies and practices in Australian Schools and the impact they have on vulnerable children. Through this research, my team is hoping to identify alternative policy and practice recommendations for managing disorderly students. This could lead to more inclusive learning environments and improvements to the health and wellbeing of young people.

Associate Professor Anna Sullivan
Director, Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion

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Associate Professor Anna Sullivan
Director, Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion

My research provides expertise in two fields: child protection and wellbeing in early childhood education, and Australian family violence laws and policies impacting family safety. My program of research investigates ways in which educators can support young children’s wellbeing and learning and social policy impacts on vulnerable families. Together with Salisbury Communities for Children, my colleagues and I are working with early childhood setting staff to co-design wellbeing resources, activities and practices to develop effective wellbeing approaches.

Associate Professor Elspeth McInnes

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Associate Professor Elspeth McInnes

After working in Aboriginal Education since 1995, my research focuses on culturally responsive pedagogies, Aboriginal languages and remote Aboriginal education. My colleagues and I work with teachers, Aboriginal Education Officers and Elders to co-create Australian Culturally Responsive Pedagogies, which inform theory, policy and practice in schools and teacher preparation courses. Providing teachers, the tools to improve our work in Indigenous education helps address the disparity in learning outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Dr Sam Osborne

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Dr Sam Osborne

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Education & training development opportunities

UniSA offers a range of bachelor, master, PhD and Executive Education programs across early childhood, primary, secondary and adult education that align to the sector’s needs in developing and transforming its future workforce.

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