Australian Collaborative Innovation Awards

In 2012 the Excellence in Innovation Awards were called the Australian Collaborative Innovation Awards.

The awards were presented at a gala dinner at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide on 16 May in conjunction with Collaborate | Innovate | 2012.

There were five winners, recognised for the impacts of collaboration on advancing Australian technology and knowledge.


Pluto technology, the world’s most commercially successful photovoltaic cell, has increased solar cell efficiency to more than 20 per cent and significantly reduced costs. The technology is a result of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at UNSW teaming up their device knowledge with the manufacturing expertise of the Suntech-Power Co Ltd.

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The Australian sheep industry is significantly improving rate of genetic gain including meat and wool quality thanks to combining the measurement of traits in 18,000 sheep with DNA analysis. The multidisciplinary research team from the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation worked on eight research farms across Australia to collect the information that has made possible this dramatic entry of the Australian sheep industry into the ‘genomic era’ of livestock improvement.


Millions of hearing aid wearers around the world will benefit from technology developed jointly by the HEARing CRC, Siemens and the National Acoustic Laboratories. The technology uses new prescription software to tailor hearing aids to individual needs for sound quality and loudness.


Vaxsafe® PM is a new vaccine to protect chickens against fowl cholera, saving the Australian chicken meat industry an estimated $13M a year. It was developed by the Australian Poultry CRC working with Bioproperties Pty Ltd and The University of Melbourne. Vaxsafe® PM was released in mid 2011, generating sales of over one million doses within the first 5 months.


Using recycled rubber tyres and plastics to replace a significant proportion of coke consumed in EAF steel making is now a reality thanks to collaboration between the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology and One Steel Ltd. With approximately 60% of tyres in Australia ending up in landfill or illegally dumped, this technology has resulted in over one million tyres being diverted to make value added ‘green’ steel over the last five years. Polymer Injection Technology is now being sold by OneSteel to EAF steelmakers around the world.

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