About the CRC Association

The CRC Association was established in December 1994.  It is fully supported by its members: CRCs, Affiliate and Associate members.

The Adobe PDF fileCRCA Constitution sets out the rules of how the association operates.

Purpose of the Association

To make a positive contribution to:

  • Securing the healthy, long-term survival of the CRC Programme through representing the interests of CRCs to government, industry and the broader community; and
  • The efficient operation and best practice management of the CRCs through facilitating networking and sharing of experiences and knowledge.

Strategic objectives of the Association

  • Positioning of the CRC Programme
    Contribute to positioning of the CRC Programme in Australian Government R&D portfolios to occupy a unique position as the Federal Government’s premier high impact, collaborative industry research program that is worthy of investment for growth over the long term.
  • Learning and Growing
    Foster best practice in members for the conduct and management of collaborative research.
  • Conducting the Association’s Affairs
    Govern the CRC Association in an effective manner to secure its capacity to continue to service its members.

The actions underpinning these are highlighted in the Adobe PDF fileCRCA Strategic Plan.

Key Activities

  • Advocacy for better support for the Programme
  • Annual National Conference
  • Website for public and member use
  • Resource materials
  • Forums
  • Special Projects on topics of interest to members
  • Surveys for members
  • Submissions to Government

The Annual National Conference is usually held mid-year, and rotates on a State/Territory basis.  Up to 400 people attend.  In 2012, the CRC Association hosted the inaugural Australian Collaborative Innovation Awards at our annual conference.

Special Projects — Examples

  • Commissioned study resulting in a report on “The Economic Impact of Cooperative Research Centres in Australia” (Dec 2005) with the key note
    conclusion that as a result of the CRC Program, Australian output is cumulatively $1.14 billion higher than it otherwise would have been.
  • National CRC Communication Projects—regular media releases highlighting CRC achievements (2003-2006); joint project with AusIndustry 2001-2002 supporting a Communications Officer in that Department when it managed the Program.
  • CRCs & Members of Parliament — matching interests of Federal MPs and their electorates with work carried out by CRCs; targeted provision of snap shots of information; facilitation of arrangement of meetings.
  • Communities of Interest which bring together groups with common interests to achieve  objectives of the members.
  • Business Simplification Project to improve reporting to the  CRC Programme (in progress).
  • CRC Benchmarking Report  (May 2012)