CRC Programme Review

Closed 11 Nov 2014

Opened 21 Oct 2014


More than ever before the Australian economy needs to grow and adapt in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Solutions to our nation’s economic, environmental and social challenges need to be driven by the application of innovative research by those with the capacity to make a practical difference to the way in which we work and live.

As part of the 2014 Federal Budget, the government made the difficult decision to reduce funding for the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme by $80 million over the forward estimates. This resulted in the 17th selection round not being open to new applications, with decisions on the shape and scope of future rounds dependent upon the conclusions of this review.

Why We Are Consulting

This review is being undertaken to examine whether this business-research collaboration programme is the best use of Commonwealth funds to effectively, efficiently and appropriately support businesses and researchers to work together to develop and transition to Australia’s industries of the future. It is being conducted taking regard of the government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, which aims to make Australia more internationally competitive, attract investment, and foster stronger and more enduring economic growth.

The review will result in advice being provided to the Minister for Industry on the future direction of the programme. It is anticipated that advice will be provided by early 2015.

The review will provide a range of opportunities for stakeholder input. In addition to the discussion paper, the department is planning a series of consultation forums in selected capital cities, as well as one-on-one meetings with the department and/or the Review Leader where possible.

What Happens Next

Submissions to the review of the CRC programme have now closed.

For more information about the review including any updates, please go to the CRC programme review website.


  • Industry
  • Commonwealth and state government departments and agencies
  • Universities
  • Research institutions
  • Small and medium sized enterprises (less than 200 employees)
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Community organisations


  • Growing Australia‚Äôs industries
  • Improving business-research collaboration