COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRES
An introduction to the CRCs
In 2014/15, there are 35 active CRCs in Australia. The suite of CRCs support and engage industry-led research across many sectors and encourage collaboration between researchers, industry, business and the general community.
The CRC Programme was launched in 1990. Since 1991, 209 CRCs have been funded by the Australian Government.
The active CRCs that directly relate to the agriculture industry are:
- Australian Seafood CRC
- CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork
- CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation
- Dairy Futures CRC
- Invasive Animals CRC
- Plant Biosecurity CRC
- Poultry CRC
- CRC for Remote Economic Participation
- Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC
What is the difference between an RDC and a CRC?
"The value of CRCs and the difference between RDCs and CRCs is best understood by discussion with rural end users not research providers. Whilst RDCs and CRCs both deliver research outcomes, CRCs are generally commissioned by their investors to achieve particular outcomes and are responsible for using their internal technical capacity to identify and develop a program of research, and then working with stakeholders directly to deliver these outcomes.
Whilst familiar with technical issues related to research that might be undertaken, the RDCs generally do not have the technical capacity to develop research proposals – which is why they call for proposals from researchers or commission CRCs to undertake research."
History: The Australian Seafood CRC was incorporated in 2007 after lobbying by the industry.
Key responsibilities: According to Managing Director, Dr Len Stephens: "The aim is to drive dollars into industry pockets through innovative collaborative research across the whole of the seafood value chain. The focus of the research will be on production efficiency and profitability, as well as lifting the quality and integrity of products from this multi-sector group".
Member Organisations: There are a number of 19 essential and 15 supporting participants.
Funding: Established and supported under the Australian Government’s CRC, with other investment coming from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, and Seafood CRC company members and supporting participants.
Postgraduate target: 40
Why would you access this site?: Understand the multitude of programs run by the CRC, including SuperSeafood, Consumer and Marketing Research, and information on processing, commercialisation and extension.
History: The Pork CRC was launched in 2005, and received another eight years funding in 2011.
Key responsibilities: The CRC undertakes the following research programs: Reduced confinement of sows and piglets; Herd health management; Healthy pork consumption; Carbon conscious nutrient inputs and outputs Improving sow reproduction; and Nutritional manipulations to enhance the performance and feed efficiency of growing pigs.
Member Organisations: There are over 40 participants.
Funding: Established and supported under the Australian Government’s CRC Program, with other cash and in-kind investment from participants.
Postgraduate target: 22
Why would you access this site?: Read the summaries and full reports of their research — there are tons!
History: The Sheep CRC, established in July 2001, originally had funding until 2008. This was extended to 2014, and most recently, to 2019.
Key responsibilities: The CRC Programme supports industry led end-user driven research collaborations to address the major challenges facing Australia. This five year term is focused on
- achieving enhanced animal well-being and on-farm productivity;
- establishing measurement systems on which to develop a quality-based meat value chain;
- and delivering faster and more affordable genetic tools to sheep breeders.
Member Organisations: There are 40 Sheep CRC Participants.
Funding: The Participants share of equity in the CRC is governed by the Participants Agreement.
Postgraduate target: 12
Why would you access this site?: Access a wealth of production information, factsheets, research and trial information related to genetic gain, wellbeing and productivity, the meat value chain and training programs.
History: A CRC for Innovative Dairy Products operated from 2001 to 2008, with the Dairy Futures CRC established in 2010. It is not incorporated.
Key responsibilities: The Dairy Futures CRC undertakes research in designer forages and animal improvement.
Member Organisations: There are 12 participants in the Dairy Futures CRC.
Funding: The CRC Programme, Dairy Australia and the State Government of Victoria are the primary funding partners.
Postgraduate target: 30
Why would you access this site?: Access their research on designer forages (new endophytes, pasture breeding tools, high energy ryegrass) and animal improvement (feed saved, fertility, selecting younger sires, cow genotypes and female only births).
History: The Invasive Animals CRC was established in 2004 and had its research funding extended in 2012 for a further 5 years.
Key responsibilities: The Invasive Animals CRC undertakes research in land pests (commercial products, inland water pests, and community engagement.
Member Organisations: There are 27 member participants in the Invasive Animals CRC.
Funding: The CRC Programme and participant funding.
Postgraduate target: 15
Why would you access this site?: Check out the Feral Photos Competition and the outcomes of their Phase 1 and Phase 2 Research programs.
History: The Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity began operating and 2005, and the Plant Security CRC (PBCRC) commenced its six year term on 1 July 2012 as an extension CRC.
Key responsibilities: The PBCRC undertakes research in early warning, effective detection and response, safeguarding trade and securing the future — pre-border, border and post-border.
Member Organisations: There are 27 member participants in the PBCRC.
Funding: The CRC Programme and participant funding.
Postgraduate target: 18
Why would you access this site?: To understand where they undertake research, and the breadth of projects in their portfolio.
History: The original Poultry CRC was established on 1 July 2003, with the current CRC an extension to 2017. It is unincorporated.
Key responsibilities: The Poultry CRC undertakes research in health and welfare, nutrition and environment, and safe and quality food production.
Member Organisations: There are 7 essential participants in the Poultry CRC.
Funding: The CRC Programme and is an unincorporated joint venture between seven Essential Participants.
Postgraduate target: 35
Why would you access this site?: To understand their research programs and to access their educational centre, the Poultry Hub.
History: The CRC REP began operations on 1 July 2010, with funding until 30 June 2017.
Key responsibilities: The CRC REP undertakes research in regional economies, enterprise development and investment in people, as well as contributing to the Government's national "Closing the Gap" policy.
Member Organisations: The CRC REP has over 50 partners.
Funding: CRC-REP is funded through the Australian Government’s CRC Programme, and through cash and in-kind contributions by their partners.
Postgraduate target: 25
Why would you access this site?: To understand the impacts of their research program and to read a number of their publications.
History: The CRC was launched on 10 December 2013, as a successor to the Bushfire CRC, which ended in June 2014. It is funded for 8 years.
Key responsibilities: The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has research in three focus areas — Economics, policy and decision making; Resilient people, infrastructure and institutions; and Bushfire and natural hazard risks.
Member Organisations: The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has participants from across academic, government, and industry.
Funding: The CRC is funded from the Cooperative Research Centres Program and from cash and in-kind funds from partner agencies, government organisations and research institutions from Australia and New Zealand.
Postgraduate target: 45
Why would you access this site?: To review their research and PhD reports, view their collection of resources, and access their publications.