The 2018 recipients were:
- Revealing the breathing planet, sea levels and precise navigation: Emeritus Professor Kurt Lambeck AO, ANU, Canberra, $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
- Switching light for faster, more reliable internet: The Finisar team, Sydney, $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
- Saving frogs, and revealing new extinction threats: Adjunct Research Fellow Lee Berger, Townsville, James Cook University/ University of Melbourne, $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
- Making flexible crystals and new separation technologies: Associate Professor Jack Clegg, University of Queensland, $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
- A steerable guidewire to improve the treatment of heart disease: Dr Geoff Rogers, Wintermute Biomedical, Melbourne, $50,000 Prize for New Innovators
- A school where everyone teaches science: Mr Brett Crawford, Warrigal Road State School, Brisbane, $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
- Opening young eyes to careers in science, technology, engineering and maths: Dr Scott Sleap, Cessnock High School, $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.