17th July - 25th August

We know the banking sector needs to continually evolve and adapt to meet changing customer needs and community expectations amid challenging economic conditions and intensifying competition.

One way in which we hope to improve our customers’ experience is by looking at how we can tailor our home loan products to their individual circumstances and needs.

Using the specialised expertise of the PhD colleagues who joined us for their six week placement we looked at developing ways of positively profiling potential customers to see the extent to which we could provide them with a more bespoke home loan product.


Bankwest provides personal and business banking solutions for more than 1.1 million retail and business customers across Australia. Bankwest customers enjoy access to an extensive network of stores and business centres, direct and third party distribution channels, agencies and electronic banking facilities, as well as 24-hour telephone and internet banking. Bankwest is a division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.



Using data science to measure loyalty and inform customised product design


The level of expertise the candidates bring to Bankwest is almost unparalleled and allows us as a bank to tap into an analytical skillset which would usually be hard to find through traditional recruitment channels. It also allows us to start to foster what we hope will be an on-going and productive relationship with WA universities.



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Blower Failure Data Analysis


AGR’s production plant process blowers have had five significant failures and three preventative replacements in the last three years. Each failure or replacement has resulted in significant cost to the business, including a loss of production, increase in maintenance labour and the replacement of expensive equipment.


This project seeks to better understand the contributing factors to these blower failures through detailed data analysis, which AGR can then use to prevent future failures and proactively manage production parameters which impact on blower reliability.


The project scope includes: gather, review and identify operating conditions that have contributed to the mechanical failure of the process blowers. 

The project outcomes include: development of models using statistical measures and machine learning to identify plant conditions which contribute to failures, and implement proactive management of these conditions to avoid future failures.


The project aims to combine the student’s research, analytical and lateral thinking skills with practical applications to real life problems. AGR is currently developing its scope and use of ‘big data’ analysis and machine learning and this project provides further opportunity to broaden this.

Australian Gold Reagents Pty Ltd (AGR) is the management company of the joint venture between CSBP Limited and Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd. AGR manufactures and supplies sodium cyanide to gold and silver mining operations in Australia, South East Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. 


AGR has a track record of more than 25 years manufacturing sodium cyanide in both solution and solid forms at our modern, safe production facilities in Kwinana, Western Australia. Our production facilities are recognised for their innovative design, efficiency and safety, as demonstrated by several awards for innovation and engineering excellence. Our production capacity, currently 78,000 tonnes per annum, has continued to increase in support of the growth and success of our customers.


AGR is a founding signatory of the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) and is accredited under the International Cyanide Management Code. AGR couples is manufacturing capability with best practice packaging and distribution capability, allowing AGR to confidently market and distribute its quality product locally and internationally with a reputation for safe and reliable supply. 




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Evaluation of the long-standing Research Translation Projects (RTPs), and Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF)


Part 1: the Research Translation Projects program
The proposed work will include an analysis of completed projects using an established RTP evaluation framework, including case studies of successful projects, with particular emphasis on research outcomes and their translation into policy, practice and service innovation including subsequent efficiencies and/or cost-savings realised in the system.  This work will entail examination of written reports and interaction with researchers and clinicians both within and outside WA Health, and consideration of facilitators and barriers to success in achieving research outcomes and implementation of findings. Based upon feedback from researchers and targeted review of contemporary trends in research translation, knowledge translation and implementation science, the proposed work may include recommendations to enhance the RTP program, with a view to improving the translation of research findings into changes in clinical practice.

Part 2: the Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund program
The proposed work will include some research into indirect research infrastructure funding at state and national levels in order to define the issue at hand and identify any approaches that have been tried in other jurisdictions. An evaluation framework will be developed, encompassing quantitative analysis of MHRIF data, potentially supported by statistical analyses. Qualitative analysis of researcher reports, consultation with a sub-set of researchers and development of relevant case studies will also be required.



Part 1

A professional-quality report featuring targeted literature review, environmental scan, quantitative and qualitative analysis of the RTP program, case studies and recommendations.

Part 2

A professional-quality report featuring a targeted literature review, an environmental scan, quantitative and qualitative analysis of the MHRIF program, case studies, a proposed MHRIF evaluation framework and recommendations.

The Research Translation Projects (RTPs) program is an innovative policy-driven funding program of the Western Australian Department of Health.  The RTP program supports investigator-initiated research projects focussing on improved efficiency and cost reduction in healthcare delivery in the WA public health system, whilst at least maintaining, if not improving, standards of care. The RTP program is novel in that it integrates economic parameters relevant to health system management with traditional criteria used for the evaluation of research outcomes.


The RTP program was established in 2007 and is now in its eleventh annual round. Up to Round 10, the program has funded 121 projects and allocated approximately $19 million in research grant funding. An analysis of the first four rounds of the program was performed in 2014 and there is now a need to evaluate the performance of the program since that time. The program needs to be evaluated not only against the goals it was formed to address, but also in a contemporary research context, which now includes emerging disciplines such as knowledge translation and implementation science.

The Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF) is a scheme implemented by the State Government in 1997 to reward WA’s best medical and health researchers with infrastructure funding support.  There have been nineteen rounds of the MHRIF during which a total of $84 million has been allocated to medical and health researchers in WA.



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RDA Wheatbelt Inc – Wheatbelt Regional Plan Review


RDA Wheatbelt seeks to engage all 42 Local Governments plus regional not for profits in collaborating for regional impact. In 2014 RDA prepared a suite of resources showing a regional scorecard of each of the LGAs compared with the rest of Australia, based on 2011 Census data aided by the Regional Australia Institute Insight data. This allowed each LGA to objectively look at which social and economic issues were REALLY an issue for them. We cross referenced this with each of their strategic plans to show what (and if) they had planned already to address these issues.  This created a change in mindset amongst many Shires and elected members around their role in strategic planning for broader regional issues.


With the most recent Census about to be released in Jun 2016 we are keen to update the regional and LGA profiles so that work towards understanding regional issues and priorities can be furthered, and ‘gut feel’ backed by data.



  • Fact based profiles that allow for stakeholder engagement to identify key regional critical issues and develop strategies to address these

  • Reinforcement of the need to base strategies in an understanding of regional impact

  • Improved awareness of best practice in relation to addressing critical issues

RDA Wheatbelt is a not-for-profit, incorporated association governed by a volunteer committee, who come from varied personal and professional backgrounds and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organisation. RDA Wheatbelt engages with local communities and other stakeholders, including the 42 Wheatbelt Shires, to identify inhibitors to development and to take action that will enable the sustainable economic growth of our region.


To address regional priorities RDA Wheatbelt: advocates for our region to the Australian Government, coordinates and facilitates collaboration on initiatives across relevant stakeholders particularly where initiatives are able to leverage Federal Government programs or services, assists communities in shaping projects that align with identified priorities for the region and that will have broad reaching impact (i.e. beyond one community or local government area), particularly projects that may be eligible for Federal Government investment and raises awareness of programs, initiatives and legislation that will impact (either positively or negatively) on regional projects and initiatives.


The Wheatbelt region is situated in the south west of WA and comprises an area of 154,862 square kilometres (Double the size of Tasmania), extending out to the north, east and south east of the Perth metropolitan area. The region is home to approximately 74,777 people, making it the third most populous region in the State.



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Providing you future proof solutions in real estate development by integrating sustainability, technology and community.


GENiUX is growing and we are expanding our network of clean technology providers, including building integrated solar PV solutions with storage, migro-grid & smart applications, eco water solutions, shared electric vehicle pools of cars and scooters, hydrogen & geothermal energy technology, etc. In order to provide integrated building solutions across all clean technology infrastructures, we need to be able to analyse the best value proposition both towards our clients and building occupants, delivering them their desired user-experience, but also towards our financiers, ensuring solid financial returns. Our goal is to arrive at an optimisation model that helps in de-risk our CTI projects, maximising both sustainability goals as well as evaluating the economic and commercial viability of the technology solutions our partners provide.

During this project, Amin will gain experience in:

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Sustainable buildings and real-estate development

  • Various Clean Technology Infrastructures and their costs/benefits

  • Problem solving and modelling

  • Community development and teamwork

  • Defining commercially viable business deals

GENiUX is an end-to-end real estate technology solutions company focused on delivering enhanced end-user experiences (UX).  We partner with leading technology providers and funders to deliver embedded clean technology infrastructures (CTI) in order to drive sustainability and utility efficiencies into real estate resulting in reduced on-going operating expenses. Our business model revolves around formulating and structuring financially viable, ongoing and stable annuity revenue streams through the CTI.

The way people experience buildings through technology is changing dramatically. A new approach, focused primarily on Human Centred Design, is needed not only to enhance people’s work and lifestyle experiences but offer solutions to wider community, societal and environmental needs. We have identified 7 clean technology categories which deliver significant savings, social and environmental benefits to buildings and its users:

1.            Energy

2.            Transport

3.            Water

4.            Waste

5.            Materials

6.            Resources

7.            Smart Living


We cover all segments of the market: residential, commercial, industrial, hospitality and have an international project portfolio. We are a small, WA based, start-up company and we consider our strong network of partners integral to our delivery model. We have an informal, innovative culture of passionate people with a vision to facilitate the improvement of affordability and sustainability in real estate to better the lifestyle of future generations that wish to inhabit the earth in a responsible way. 

GENiUX - The GENesis of Innovations in User eXperiences

For more info: https://www.geniux.com.au/



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Assistance with achieving building approval automation


During the six-week placement, the iPREP team have analysed datasets for the automation of buildingapprovals.com. Spatial data was collated from various agencies in order to help with the design and approval process. In addition, the project used remote sensing; the process of using satellite data to classify items such as vegetation, buildings, roads and fields. Rosalind’s main task was to search for and collate datasets of surface geology and interpret the reactivity of the soils, while Emmanuel focused on the geomorphological aspects of the project, involving automated landform characterization and wind hazard risk mapping.

BuildingApprovals.com is a start-up within the property tech space looking to revolutionise the design and approvals process. It was developed by Dorian Engineering Consultants a Structural Engineering Consultancy Firm as an internal R&D project.

BuildingApprovals.com have developed an e-commerce solution for structures such as pools, granny flats and sheds and are automating the building approval process as a result of this innovation.

The start-up is currently moving into Property development, unit developments, bespoke housing etc, partnering with Landgate.  In 2014 they were on the Curtin Incubate program and have since been building rapidly having just released their Minimum Viable Product, “Builder’s E-Commerce”.

They won the Westpac Business of Tomorrow Award and were finalists in the INCITE WAITTA award for Start-up of the Year.





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