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Research at MoCA is focussed in several groups as well as a range of individual research interests. The main research groups are listed below. Information about particular research topics can be found by following the links.

Star and planet formation Dynamics Research
The star and planet formation group uses fluid dynamics simulations, radiative transfer and telescopes around the world to understand how stars and planets form. The dynamics group studies small-N systems, in particular extrasolar planetary systems including the effects of moons, tides, spin-orbit coupling and relativity, and the dynamics of small-N systems in dense stellar systems. Three-body stability is central to much of our work.
Galaxy Evolution Gravitational Waves

The Galaxy Evolution Group studies how galaxies change and evolve over cosmic time. The Gravitational Wave group is involved in all forms of gravitational-wave research across all wavebands.  This includes astrophysics, instrumentation and data analysis for the LIGO detectors that recently announced the first, direct detection of gravitational waves.
High Energy Astrophysics SINS: Stellar Interiors and NucleoSynthesis
High Energy Astrophysics involves understanding some of the most violent objects in the universe, such as supernovae and the neutron stars they leave behind. The SINs Group studies the structure and interior evolution of stars as well as the nuclear elements they produce.
Clique du Soleil: Solar Physics Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics 

The Solar Physics group is mainly concerned with understanding magnetic activity in the Sun using helioseismology The SPH group at Monash actively develops the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics method, with application to problems in fluid dynamics and computational astrophysics.

Other research topics at MoCA include:

Neutron Star Binaries Particle Cosmology
The Formation of the Solar System Star Formation
Active Galaxies Binary Stars and the Early Universe
Supernova Remnants Black Holes