Strategic initiatives

As Australia's national university, ANU works with government, private sector and other research institutes to explore, investigate and develop ideas and solutions to major issues facing Australian society and the world.

Our academic staff are at the forefront of technology development and exploration, whether it be in human health, chemical and earth sciences, public policy, the arts or the computer sciences.

The ANU Strategic Plan outlines the University's commitment across a number of strategic areas.

Digital Master Plan (DMP)

We are establishing a digital future that is a match for our national and global mission. The Digital Master Plan will improve services for our students, researchers, academics, professional staff and the wider community. Developed following an extensive consultation process with staff and students, the Plan outlines our transformation journey through to 2030.

ANU Below Zero

Transformational change is required to limit climate change to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to zero as soon as possible is essential, but this effort alone is no longer enough to limit temperature increases to globally agreed levels. In response, ANU is working to reduce its carbon emissions to below zero from its operations and value chain by 2040.

Translational Fellowship Program

The Translational Fellowship Program aims to advance promising researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways within and alongside government, civil society and industry and deliver against the goals of the ANU Strategic Plan.

Admissions Scholarships & Accommodation

From 2020, the way domestic undergraduate students apply to ANU will change. One single application to study at ANU will cover admissions, accommodation and scholarships. The new system will provide more certainty with earlier offers and transparency over entrance requirements.

Campus Master Plan

ANU is developing a refreshed Master Plan for the Acton campus. Aligning with the ANU Strategic Plan 2017-2021 while also looking further forward to 2030, the ANU Acton Master Plan will outline a plan to deliver excellence across the campus’ built environment.

Global Institute for Women's Leadership

The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership seeks to understand and address the causes of women's underrepresentation in leadership positions and the way gender negatively impacts the evaluation of women leaders. ANU is the first international base for the institute founded by the Hon Julia Gillard, AC at King’s College, London.


Kambri has become the University’s new heart of the campus. The central precinct combines the living, learning, cultural, physical and social experience of the ANU campus into a village setting. Kambri brings together the ANU and Canberra communities by hosting major festivals and events.

Innovation institute: WearOptimo project

The WearOptimo project was established to drive the future of personalised medicine and diagnostics via microscopic wearable technology. The aim of the project is to provide simple, wearable devices which can help monitor and manage human health conditions.

Our Health in Our Hands

Our Health in Our Hands, created in partnership with ACT Health, aims to transform healthcare by developing new personalised health technologies and solutions in collaboration with patients, clinicians and health care providers. The research is initially focused on two major chronic diseases; multiple sclerosis (MS) and diabetes.

The ANU Institute for Space (InSpace)

InSpace consolidates, streamlines and coordinates all space-related activity across the ANU and supports the Australian Government’s objective to transform the Australian space industry and treble its workforce by 2030. InSpace bridges academia and industry and is driving industry and government co-investment in projects that support the growth of a globally-competitive and respected Australian space industry.

CO-LAB: An ASD-ANU Collaboration

A centre of excellence for ground-breaking research, capacity building and nurturing the talent Australia needs to secure our national interests.

Agrifood Innovation Institute

The Agrifood Innovation Institute (formerly known as the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology) aims to accelerate transformative innovation to future-proof the Australian agrifood system. We provide a single point of access to the University’s significant research capability and infrastructure, allowing our world-class researchers to collaborate on projects which tackle complex long-term agrifood challenges, and translate research into real world impact.

Tech Policy Design Centre

The Tech Policy Design Centre will reimagine how governance shapes technology. We aim to develop a new generation of fit-for-purpose tech governance frameworks. We will draw on world-leading inter-disciplinary expertise across ANU and collaborate with industry, government and civil society.