Northern Australia CRC open for business

13 March 2017

Cooperative Research Centres Association

The Australian Government has announced the establishment board of the $75 million Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Developing Northern Australia, which will get to work on attracting research projects that benefit the north.

The CRC, which will have its headquarters in Townsville as part of the Townsville City Deal, will be chaired by Cairns business woman Sheriden Morris. Its other members include representatives from Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory including NT Cattlemen’s Association CEO Tracey Hayes.

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, said the CRC is open for applications for short-term collaborative research projects that will enhance the competitiveness of Northern Australia.

"This CRC will bring together industry, research organisations and all northern jurisdictions with international partners to tackle barriers to private investment in the north, with an initial focus on agriculture, food and tropical health," Minister Sinodinos said.