Enterprising Australians


Australia has had a long history of innovation and this creative spirit forms a backdrop to the exhibition. Australia continues to produce inventors and innovators in many fields from biotechnology to manufacturing and IT. Each innovator has their own process and no two processes are the same. Enterprising Australians supports and highlights their stories of commercial success from across the Australian business sector.

Visitors will experience these stories, coming to a greater understanding of Australia’s innovators and Australia’s place in world technology. These inspiring stories can help guide them in their own career choices and goals. This exhibition is supported by our Principal Partner, The Ian Potter Foundation.


Video and Interactive Stories

a woman sitting at a table and seeing her own face displayed on a monitor on the table. Her face, displayed by the monitor, has lines drawn on it.

The exhibition contains interactive exhibits that allow visitors to explore various stories of innovation.

The microeye digital microscope allows visitors to examine samples from different stories.  See the various stages of an improved prawn lifecycle, parts of a better cotton breed and its pests, and the minutely woven threads developed for wearable electronics.

Visitors can watch interviews with the people behind the inventions. These interviews tell the enterprising stories of various Australians from their own perspectives. Learn the ups and downs, the moments of inspiration and follow the path of innovation that led them to success.

The stories inspire visitors to seek out their own ideas and feature iconic innovations such as Graeme Clark's bionic ear cochlear implant and Ian Frazer's development of the Gardasil vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.