The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association represents all of Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres as well as some Affiliate and Associate members.
The CRC Programme is small in comparison to some other sources of medical research funding in Australia, but it is nevertheless an important source of funding. Currently there are eleven health and medical CRCs (Attachment A). The Government classifies the medical CRCs under “services” so it is not always clear what constitutes a medical CRC. By way of example, I have added the Capital Markets CRC as an 11th to the list. The Capital Markets CRC has worked extremely successfully on financial market integrity for almost two decades. Its recent renewal has seen it take a large focus on the $140 billion health market and is enjoy excellent support. This is the type of research on the health system that the McKeon Review saw as a gap in our research system.