Global precincts and national centres

Global precincts will help to ensure Australia's innovation system remains competitive by supporting research and development capabilities that are of global standing and scale and make it easier for Australian industry to get access to leading innovations and research.

Global precincts

Many of today's challenges such as climate change, global economic stability, or access to energy resources are complex, inter-connected and have a global reach. We cannot tackle these problems alone. Global collaboration is needed.

As outlined in our strategy, CSIRO has an important role in developing five of Australia's global precincts. A precinct brings together multiple partners in a shared space with a shared culture of collaboration.

Precincts of a global standing will help Australian research and industry collaborate, connect better and be globally competitive. They will do this by:

  • harnessing national and international science talent on a large scale
  • long term commitment by innovation players
  • strong research and industry linkages
  • a mutually supportive culture
  • shared infrastructure for research and development.

New ideas need to be generated at the intersection of disciplinary and sectoral boundaries. Access to the world's best R&D capabilities will ensure that our industries such as the manufacturing sector remain globally competitive.

Global precincts build connections across the system in areas of national strength such as:

  • resources
  • agriculture
  • ecosciences
  • manufacturing
  • health sciences.

Our global precincts

National Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct – Canberra

The National Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct (NAESP) will be built on deep collaboration between CSIRO, Australian National University and other allied partners in plant and environmental sciences.

Ecosciences Precinct – Brisbane

The vision is to be the world’s largest environmental sciences hub directed towards solving the nation's critical environmental challenges and opportunities with researchers and students from CSIRO, The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, the Queensland Government, industry and others.

National Resource Sciences Precinct – Perth

This will be the focus of Australian resource science research, involving researchers and students from CSIRO, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, the Western Australian Government, industry and others.

The Perth precinct will be internationally recognised as a leading minerals and energy research and development centre and a key influencer in Asia and South America.

Human Life Sciences Precinct – Parkville

Involving CSIRO, The University of Melbourne, Bio21, and a number of medical research hospitals and institutes the precinct will integrate world class healthcare, research and education to rapidly translate research discoveries into clinical practice, nurture life sciences and biotechnology development, and drive economic growth.

Australian Manufacturing and Materials Precinct – Clayton

The Australian Manufacturing and Materials Precinct (AMMP) is to be a hub for a wider network of industry and research-based organisations to connect, collaborate and focus on translating research outcomes to industry.

AMMP will help drive the innovation necessary for Australia's manufacturing industry to remain competitive, locally and globally connected, and form an attractive target for talent and inbound investment.

National centres

To support global precincts, CSIRO is also developing research centres of national standing and scale. These are:

  • Sydney: Digital Services
  • Hobart: Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Adelaide: Food, Health and Nutrition
  • Perth: Space Sciences
  • Townsville: Tropical Innovation
  • Newcastle: Energy Technology.

The global precincts and national centres will link with national and regional sites to build connections and collaborations within the innovation system, complementing our range of other international collaborations.

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