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Message from the CEO 

Welcome to the October issue of our newsletter, coming to you on the first day that we are back in the office as Covid restrictions ease in Canberra. 

It has been a busy month for the team at the newly named Cooperative Research Australia - we hosted Collaborate Innovate 2021online and in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, welcomed the new Science and Technology Minister, Hon Melissa Price MP to the portfolio and hosted her first major address to stakeholders, launched our new name and branding, hosted an information workshop on CRC-P Round 12 for 150 people, and hosted a series of Community-of-Practice groups.  

Introducing Cooperative Research Australia  

The CRC Association is now Cooperative Research Australia. The new name represents full community and impact of industry-research collaboration that has its origin in the CRC program.  In addition to CRCs and universities, membership is open other similar industry-research collaborative entities, post CRC entities and companies, research organisations, industry partners, CRC-P participants, related businesses, and, alumni and professionals with an interest in industry-research collaboration. 

Our new name reflects the collective impact of our members over decades. The success of the CRC program spawned other collaborative research entities,  produced more than 5000 alumni and staff who are expert in working between research institutions and industry, and numerous post-CRC companies and organisations that continue to deliver commercial, economic, environmental and social benefit to Australia.   Our members are the lynchpin of the Australian innovation system, focused on creating new value in our economy for the benefit of all Australians. We have an ambition to become a powerful voice and a champion of the achievements and lessons of that community. 

If you are not yet a member, hop on our Membership page on our website to find the category that most suits you. 

Collaborate Innovate 2021  - Catch-Up Registrations Available 

Thank you for joining us at Collaborate Innovate 2021.  

What a great way to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres Program and the innovation landscape across Australia and the globe. And of course, launch our new name!  

We wanted to present to you a high-quality program with speakers and panel discussions that are thought provoking and engaging. We are hugely appreciative to each of our speakers who made sure we could deliver on this ambition. The program was a taste of what we have in preparation for you in March next year, when we look forward to gathering in person in Canberra for the first time in more than two years.   

In March we will have workshops, community of practice meetings, our Innovation Showcase and the Gala Dinner and 2021 Awards for Excellence in Innovation. 

Highlights of the conference included a discussion as entertaining as it was thought-provoking between globally renowned economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato and AFR Higher Education Editor Julie Hare, an illuminating international panel opened by British High Commissioner HE Vicki Treadall, and the treat of a panel of Three Chief Scientists tackling the big questions for Australian innovation.   

With an election not far off, it was great to hear from both Minister Price and Shadow Minister for Industry and Innovation Ed Husic – and wonderful to have both reaffirm support for CRCs.   

The program was capped off at the National Press Club by a superb 2021 Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society by Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO. 

We’re immensely grateful to our sponsors, which includes Principal Partner the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources for their support. 

If you missed the conference, or have colleagues who missed it, catch-up registrations are available that provide access to all conference sessions here.  

CRC-P Round 12 Information Session 

In collaboration with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources we hosted an information session to coincide with the opening of Round 12 of the CRC Program.  

We want to thank our speakers Jason Watson, Elementary Law, Sam Ringwaldt, Conry Tech, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, Coviu and Martin Dent, Manager - CRC Projects - Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources who shared their experiences of the bidding process and what stood out to them as important to make a competitive bid.  

If you were unable to attend or would like to rewatch the session, please click here to see the recording. 

Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework 

We welcomed the opportunity to provide a submission to the Higher Education Research Commercialisation IP Framework. 

Cooperative Research Australia commends the government for taking the initiative to reform IP agreements to incentivise and increase collaboration between businesses and universities through commercialisation. IP negotiations can be an area of significant impedance for collaboration and anything that can expedite, enhance, or demystify this process is a worthwhile undertaking that we support. 

The CRA made the following recommendations in our submission 

  • Reconsider making standardised IP agreements mandatory across the sector. 

  • Draw upon the lessons of 30 years of CRCs in collaborating and negotiating IP agreements. 

  • Do not lose focus of the importance of fundamental research. 

  • Templates should be accessible and understandable, and a cover abroad range of industries. 

You can view our submission here. 

We hope you enjoy this latest edition of the newsletter - and welcome your contributions and story suggestions.   
Warm regards, 
Jane O'Dwyer  

Thanks for joining us at Collaborate Innovate 

Thank you for your participation in Cooperative Research Australia's Collaborate Innovate 2021 hybrid conference Part One. 

We'd like to congratulate the winner of the Early Career Researchers Competition Dylan Ashton for his work on a ground-breaking project developing the use of kangaroo tendon for knee ligament grafts in humans as part of a team at University of Sydney and Innovative Manufacturing CRC. You can read more on his project here. Thank you to CQ University for their generous support of the competition. 

Congratulations to the three recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Innovation Awards, all of whom demonstrate the best of the best. The three recipients were:

1. Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC),  and Urban Art Projects (UAP) for their project on developing new ways to use robots and vision systems for design-led manufacturing in partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and RMIT University.

2. Oral Health CRC for its development of a gum disease vaccine currently in pre-clinical development with CSL

3. CRC for Alertness, Safety & Productivity for its work in developing lighting technologies for improving sleep, well-being and workplace productivity. The work has been commercialised by Australian company Versalux Lighting Systems, and is being used in various settings including the neonatal ward at Adelaide’s Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

We would also like to thank and congratulate Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO who presented the 2021 Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society at The National Press Club of Australia. If you missed it or want to rewatch it you can do so here.

We look forward to seeing you all in March, in Canberra for Part Two of Collaborate Innovate. 

If you missed the conference registrations that give you complete access to the recordings of all sessions are available here

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Vale Dr Ian Griffiths

Cooperative Research Australia would like to acknowledge the loss far too early of a vital member of the cooperative research community back in September, Dr Ian Griffiths.

Ian was a pioneer in the field of wound management and was the founding CEO of Polynovo, which develops regenerative devices for reconstructive surgery and tissue repair. Ian went on to become the CEO of the Wound Manage Innovation CRC and was crucial in establishing Wound Innovations, the post-CRC entity that continues to deliver on his vision of delivering wound care for patients and healthcare professionals. Until recently Ian was the CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility.

Ian’s contribution to the cooperative research community and wound care will be sorely missed and we pass on our condolences to the family. If you would like to send condolences, please contact Anthony Dyer with a message and it will be passed to the family.


Bidding for a CRC or CRC-P? 

Bidding for a CRC or a CRC-P is a very competitive process. Not all bids make themselves known to the CRC Association but those that do are more competitive. We can help you make the connections and introduce you to the people you should be talking to.

We host regular roundtable information sessions for each bidding round and to help guide you with the bidding process. The most recent bidding roundtable is available here.

Our website is also a great resource and has a list of all current bids available to view here. If you have a bid and would like it featured in the newsletter please let us know. 

If you are currently preparing for, or thinking about a CRC or a CRC-P bid in the current or a future round, the CRC Association is here to assist you, so please get in touch with us here.

International collaboration under the Foreign Arrangements Scheme

A new normal

International collaboration under the Foreign Arrangements Scheme

It has been more than 9 months since Australia’s new foreign relations legislation commenced. 
While CRCs are not themselves subject to the new rules, many of their participants and project partners will be, and the longer timeframes required to undertake to due diligence and obtain the required approvals have the potential to hamper international collaboration at a time when Australia and the rest of the world is starting to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Foreign Arrangements Scheme
The Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020 commenced on 10 December 2020 and introduced a “Foreign Arrangements Scheme” aimed at ensuring that arrangements entered into with certain overseas entities do not adversely affect Australia’s foreign relations and are not inconsistent with Australian foreign policy.   

Foreign arrangements
Central to the Scheme is the concept of ‘foreign arrangement’ – any written arrangement, agreement, contract, understanding, or undertaking between an Australian State/Territory entity (State/Territory governments, local governments, universities) and a foreign entity (foreign governments and agencies, government-affiliated public organisations, universities without ‘institutional autonomy’). 
Importantly for CRCs and other research collaborations, the State/Territory entity and the foreign entity do not need to be the only parties to the arrangement.  Participants Agreements and Project Agreements with overseas partners are therefore potentially impacted.

Notification process
As part of the Scheme, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade must be notified of foreign arrangements at certain stages in the negotiation process depending on whether the arrangement is a ‘core’ foreign arrangement – that is, a foreign arrangement between:
  1. Australian States and Territories, State and Territory governments, departments and agencies (core State/Territory entities); and
  2. foreign countries, their national governments and departments or agencies of those governments (core foreign entities). 
Any foreign arrangement which does not meet the above criteria is considered a ‘non-core’ foreign arrangement and is subject to less onerous notification requirements. 
Type of arrangement Notification required Steps taken by Minister
Intended core foreign arrangements

Approval required
  • Must notify Minister of a proposal to negotiate or enter into the arrangement 
  • Must notify Minister within 14 days of entering into arrangement
Minister must approve
  • Must consider proposed negotiation or arrangement and make decision whether to approval.  If no decision made within 30 days, Minister deemed to approve
  • If arrangement entered into without approval it is deemed invalid and unenforceable and must be terminated
Intended non-core foreign arrangements Notification required
  • Must notify Minister of proposal to enter into the arrangement
  • Must notify Minister within 14 days of entering into arrangement
Minister may prohibit
  • May make declaration prohibiting negotiation or entering into of arrangement
  • If arrangement is entered into in contravention of prohibition, may declare arrangement is invalid and unenforceable and must be terminated
Existing foreign arrangements Notification required
  • Must notify the Minister of core foreign arrangements by 10 March 2021
  • Must notify the Minister of non-core foreign arrangements by 10 June 2021
Minister may declare unenforceable
  • May declare arrangement invalid and unenforceable and must be terminated
The Register
One of the key features of the Scheme is the establishment of a public register listing all of the arrangements disclosed, the high level details such as party names and subject matter, and the Ministerial decision (if any).  Of a total of 1,348 arrangements listed on the Register at the time of writing:
  • over half (729) have a Chinese government department, agency or university as the relevant “foreign entity” 
  • only two ‘core’ arrangements have been given Ministerial approval, both of which involve the Indonesian government (one relating to human resources development and the other to the promotion of the Indonesian language)
  • all of the four arrangements which have been cancelled by the Minister involved the Victorian government as the Australian party.  Two of these related to China’s Belt and Road initiative, with the other two involving Iranian and Syrian entities. 
Impact on CRCs and their Participants
While CRC entities are not themselves subject to the foreign relations legislation, many of their participants are and this has the potential to impact CRCs. 

For example, Australian State and Territory departments and universities are all “State/Territory entities” under the legislation and may have difficulty engaging with a CRC until they have followed their own internal processes.  Many universities in particular will have detailed compliance frameworks in place which must be followed before the university can sign a Participants Agreement or a Project Agreement involving international partners.
More generally, there may also be a reluctance to be involved in projects with international partners because of the additional administrative burden (and time) required to meet obligations under the new legislation.
There is scope to exempt organisations from the legislation and so it may be that some of the above issues will be addressed in the not too distant future.  In the meantime, CRCs and their participants are faced with a new normal in international research collaboration. 
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Thanks for FAL Lawyers who are associate members of Cooperative Research Australia 

CRC News

Stories of cultural burning in southern Australia

New research-backed storytelling resources are helping fire agencies and land management departments better understand cultural burning conducted by Indigenous people across southern Australia. The Cultural burning in southern Australia illustrated booklet and poster series amplifies Indigenous people’s perspectives on cultural burning by sharing six personal stories of what burning means.

Read more here

Transformative scenarios in a climate-challenged world

New resources from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC are helping organisations stress-test their existing strategies and practices against a set of plausible futures that we are likely to see between now and 2035. The Transformative Scenarios in a Climate-Challenged World resources can be used by organisations such as emergency services, government departments, community organisations and state-level agencies to plan for a future under climate change.

Read more here

Therapy with babies significantly boosts social communication development

A parent-led therapy that supports babies displaying early signs of autism has significantly reduced their social and communication difficulties, according to world-first research part-funded by Autism CRC. 

In a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, an international research team presented the first evidence worldwide that pre-emptive therapy during infancy could lead to such a significant improvement in children’s social communication development that they then fell below the threshold for a 'deficit-focused' DSM-5 diagnosis of autism.

While many therapies for autism tried to replace developmental differences with more ‘typical’ behaviours, the pre-emptive therapy (iBASIS-VIPP) sought to work with each child’s unique differences and create a social environment around the child that would help them learn in a way that was best for them.

Read more here

The rise and rise of the kerb

Over the past few years the kerb – previously a relatively minor concern for city planners and transport engineers – has taken centre stage. This new-found focus on the kerb has been prompted by concerns over increased competition for kerb space brought on by evolving trends in transport planning, use, and technology.

Interest has been building over the past few years. In 2018 Sabrina Sussman, Zipcar’s Public Partnerships Manager tweeted that it “is the year of the curb.” More recently, in May 2021, (begun in 1987 to inform state and local government officials) started a publication series, The Billion Dollar Curb, to help communities identify strategies to better manage the kerb. They claim that poor kerb management is costing cities billions of dollars in lost revenue and productivity.

Read more here

Australia’s massive opportunity for underground hydrogen storage

New research has identified Australia’s underground hydrogen storage capacity at potentially over 300 million tonnes (38,000 PJ), up to sixty times what a fully developed Australian domestic and export hydrogen industry could need to buffer fluctuations in supply and demand.

As Australia adopts hydrogen as a widespread energy carrier, storage options will be needed for both domestic use and for export. Future Fuels CRC’s latest research maps out the high-level availability of potential sites in Australia and discusses requirements for selecting suitable storage sites that match hydrogen production needs. This latest research report is now available to download in full.

The research was authored by Dr Jonathan Ennis-King lead researcher at CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency and team, and completed in concert with CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission.

A free public webinar is available on Friday 29 October 2021, register for the free public webinar

Read more here

Building 4.0 CRC Podcast - RealTech: Investment Insights

In this latest episode of Future Building Podcast, we get a ringside seat into the world of real estate innovation, technology, and investment, and some insights into the future trends and challenges in the sector. The interview is conducted by Mathew Aitchison, CEO at Building 4.0 CRC, and is held with Taronga Ventures’ Jonathan Hannam and Julian Kezelman

Listen Now

Inaugural CRC TiME HDR scholarship students

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) is thrilled to announce its first three Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholarship recipients are Liz Wall, Ebony Cowan and Jake Eckersley. 

The HDR recipients will complete their PhDs on an industry-defined problem and be embedded within a CRC partner organisation during their studies. Their research will contribute to strategic research initiatives outlined in CRC TiME’s Research Prioritisation Plan This will provide a clear context to enable student-based research to contribute to real change in the industry, whilst creating opportunities to connect with thought leaders from across CRC TiME’s unique partner base. 

CRC TiME Research Director, Professor Tom Measham offered his congratulations and said, “CRC TiME is committed to providing industry-experienced researchers. Our HDR scholarship program aims to produce well-rounded graduates with technical knowledge, high-level communication skills and a solution-focussed approach.” 

Ebony Cowan is a plant community ecologist and PhD candidate at Murdoch University and Kings Park Science and will be working with our Operational Solutions program. Her work with CRC TiME will synthesise how resilience is used in industry and regulatory bodies, enabling a targeted effort towards promoting ecological resilience in rehabilitation. 

Liz Wall is a non-executive Chair of a mining company and a consultant in assessing and addressing social and environmental impacts associated with large projects in developing countries. Liz will be 

working within our Regional Economic Development program, completing her PhD through UWA looking at benefit sharing models between Indigenous communities and mining companies. 

Jake Eckersley is a botanist and PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia and will be working within our Operational Solutions program. Jake’s work with CRC TiME involves collaborating with Rio Tinto, BHP, Fortescue Metals group and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, to improve vegetation monitoring and rehabilitation outcomes in the Pilbara. 

Further details on our HDR scholarship recipients are available here. 

CRC TiME currently has a call for Top-up scholarship applications open until 10 December 2021. 

Read more here

Building 4.0 CRC welcomes its first PhDs!

“Their fresh minds, new ways of thinking, and eager spirits will ensure that we not only achieve our project milestones, but that we also position ourselves to lead the transformation of the building and construction industry into the future.” Dr Angela Solarte of Building 4.0 CRC introduces the CRC’s first cohort of PhDs!

Read more here

WA joins Future Fuels CRC

The Western Australian Government has joined the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), continuing on its path to becoming an industry leader in hydrogen.

The Future Fuels CRC is an industry focused research, development and demonstration partnership supporting the decarbonisation of Australia's energy networks through the use of low carbon fuels, including hydrogen and biomethane.

Read more here


RACE for 2030: Developing the Future Energy Workforce Report

The report provides a research roadmap that recommends a suite of projects which will enhance energy sector productivity through an appropriately skilled and informed workforce, both within and outside of the energy sector. The report proposes an Australian Energy Employment Report (AEER) project to survey the current state of energy sector in Australia and to project future trends.  

Learn more

Impression of the MoorPower™ system aboard a feeder barge. 

The Blue Economy CRC together with Carnegie Clean Energy and Project Partners Advanced Composite Structures Australia (ACS-A)
Climate-KIC Australia Ltd, Huon Aquaculture, Tassal Group Limited, University of Tasmania, University of Queensland, DNV and AMC Search launch the MoorPower™ Scaled Demonstrator project. 

Decarbonising Offshore Aquaculture

Globally, as the aquaculture sector moves operations further offshore, the sector is encountering new challenges to access clean and reliable energy.

As the aquaculture sector moves operations further offshore, operations such as feeding barges will no longer have access to shore-based power and the reliance on diesel generators comes with many associated costs, carbon emissions and environmental risks, including fuel storage and spillage risks while refuelling offshore.

However, the shift into energy-intensive offshore wave environments presents an opportunity to utilise an untapped energy source constantly flowing around the facilities, wave energy.

Carnegie’s wave-powered barge concept, “MoorPower™” offers a solution to this energy challenge – providing clean, reliable, predictable energy to support the growth of a diverse sustainable blue economy.

The Blue Economy CRC will be hosting a webinar on the launch of the MoorPower™ project on Friday 22nd October, 12pm (AEDT) / 9am (AWST) presented by Carnegie Clean Energy CEO, Jonathan Fievez and facilitated by Blue Economy CEO, Dr John Whittington. 
Learn more

Smart supply chain tracking of highly regulated substances

End-to-end monitoring and traceability of freight is a key challenge for transportation of highly sensitive and/or regulated substances such as medicinal cannabis. This project will introduce next-generation data capturing devices to enable the product to be monitored at every stage of the supply process, from producer / cultivator to the retailer.This project will introduce next-generation data capturing devices to enable the product to be monitored at every stage of the supply process, from producer/ cultivator to the retailer.
Learn more

ODIN PASS: A Mobility as Service trial at UQ

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and The University of Queensland (UQ) are actively exploring how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) schemes can enhance personal mobility locally, with a particular focus on increasing public and active transport patronage.

MaaS is seen as one avenue for increasing the attractiveness of public transport in the face of competition from new and future transport modes that may adversely affect the transport system, primarily through increased congestion.

Additionally, MaaS can provide consumers with greater exposure to a range of active transport/micro-mobility options. Access to/from public transport routes, as well as pricing, are identified as two major barriers to increased public transport patronage.

UQ also has a particular desire to increase the fairness of personal mobility options for its students and staff – such that those who cannot necessarily afford to live close to campus are not unfairly disadvantaged by public transport pricing, and in turn, are forced to use private transport more often.

Learn more

The Changing Shape of Building Innovation

Construction is well-known as an industry that is difficult (even resistant) to change. Building 4.0 CRC proposes to bring together two main elements to solve this problem: 1) a continuation and deepening of the processes of industrialisation in the building industry - effectively the transformation of building away from a construction logic towards a manufacturing logic; 2) leveraging the new technologies and processes that have been presented by the Fourth Industrial Age, to aid and even accelerate this transformation process.
Further insights from the CRC’s CEO, Prof. Mathew Aitchison.
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Meetings, Events and Conferences

Westpac Member Plus session

4th November
2:30pm-3pm AEDT.

Cooperative Research Australia has partnered with Westpac to give our Cooperative Research Members access to exclusive Member Plus personal banking benefits for their staff. Westpac will be hosting a welcome and induction session for employees of CRCs who would like to learn more the offers and benefits associated with this program. 

The three day program will include plenary sessions, workshops, the Annual General Meeting and the opportunity to network.

Register here

CRC TiME 2021 Forum: Creating Connections

CRC TiME is delighted to be hosting it’s inaugural forum virtually on 29 Nov – 1 Dec

CRC TiME is delighted to be hosting its inaugural virtual forum to be held 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2021

The Forum will bring together community, researchers, industry and government in a collegiate and collaborative environment to continue the conversations for driving innovation for positive mine closures, hence the theme of Creating Connections. We hope to continue to drive transformational changes in the mine closure sector.

The three day program will include plenary sessions, workshops, the Annual General Meeting and the opportunity to network.

Register here

The 2021 Crawford Fund Annual Conference

13-14 December 2021, Canberra

The 2021 Crawford Fund Annual Conference is titled “Food & Nutrition Security – The Biosecurity, Health, Trade Nexus,” and is being held on 13 and 14 December 2021 in Canberra. 

The hybrid conference will explore the specific risks to plant, animal, and human health, how these factors are putting global food and nutrition security in peril, and the emerging technological and management solutions to overcome these threats. 

Learn more

Awards and Competitions



  • The 22nd annual Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science (the Prizes) will be held on Wednesday 3 November 2021. 
  • The Prizes are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching. 
  • The Prizes are presented to Australian citizens, or permanent residents, who have made a significant contribution to our nation’s scientific and commercialisation capabilities, to science teaching, and to the country’s social and economic well-being. 
  • The achievements of Prizes recipients span diverse disciplines and career stages and are a tribute to Australia’s world-class science community, and to the critical role that teachers play in inspiring the next generation of Australian scientists and innovators. 
  • The 2021 Prizes’ recipients will join important alumni of the very best in Australian science. 
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Jobs, Fellowships & Scholarships

Knowledge and Communications Specialist

24-month initial contract. (A part time appointment (0.8 FTE) may be considered for an exceptional candidate.)
Salary range: $95,000 - $105,000 pa, plus super
Location Preference: Sydney + ability to work from home.

Passionate about a clean energy future?  Join a dynamic and committed team working with industry and research partners towards creating a flourishing low carbon Australia, where energy research improves quality of life and boosts energy productivity.

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The RACE for 2030 Industry PhD scholarship Program is now accepting applications for 2 PhD scholarships

  • Fast track to Zero Carbon Ready Buildings: 
  • Optimal planning and operational strategy for biogas power generation system design in wastewater plants: 
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Chief Operating Officer, SmartCrete CRC Limited

Location: Macquarie Park, Sydney

About SmartCrete CRC (Co-operative Research Centre)

SmartCrete CRC is the pivot point for the facilitation of research for the concrete supply chain. It provides contacts, connections and funding for successful research projects to address the various issues and challenges for concrete, especially in its application in infrastructure.

Funded in 2020 by the Commonwealth government, industry and academic partners to a total of $90 million over 7 years, the organisation is busily constructing and active pipeline of research projects with the aim of delivering benefits to the wider concrete eco-system.

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Education & Training Manager

Portland Broome Organisational Consultants Perth
Fremantle & Southern Suburbs

Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) was established in 2019.  It brings together nearly 70 partners with a presence across the battery value chain from Australia’s established strength in mining through to processing, manufacture, services and recycling and reuse of batteries.  It is investing in a portfolio of R&D programs which provide a platform for its education and training activities – a key area in developing the technical skills needed to enable growth of Australia’s battery industries.  It is headquartered in Perth based at Curtin University.

FBICRC’s Education & Training (E&T) programs are national with research partners including Curtin, UWA, Murdoch and CSIRO in WA; UniAdelaide in SA; UniMelbourne and Deakin in Victoria, UTS in Sydney and QUT in Brisbane, with other partnerships established with SMTAFE in WA and Climate-Kic Australia based in NSW.

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