About the CRC Association

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association was established in December 1994 and is fully supported by its members: Full CRCs; Supporting; and Associate Members.

The Adobe PDF fileCRCA Constitution sets out the rules for the operation of the CRC Association.

Purpose of the Association

To make a positive contribution to:

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

Strategic objectives of the Association

  • Positioning of the CRC Program
    Contribute to positioning of the CRC Program 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 CRCA Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021

Key Activities

  • Advocacy to ensure ongoing support of the CRC Program by the Australian Government
  • Submissions to Government on behalf of Members
  • Annual National Conference
  • Website for public and member use
  • Resource materials
  • Member forums and events
  • Special projects on topics of interest to members
  • Commissioning of relevant surveys and studies to benefit members.

The Annual CRC Association Conference is usually held mid-year, and rotates on a State/Territory basis.  Up to 400 people from around Australia attend the conference each year, which comprises of: Industry workshops, Early Career Researcher showcase; Welcome function; Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner; CRC Showcase and the popular Business-Research Match-up.

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 Program (in progress).
  • Bi-ennial CRC Benchmarking Report  (May 2012)