We also host various national reference collections which are available to industry and research partners. Some of these facilities and collections are accessible on a fee-for-service basis.
We invite you to review our facilities and collections as listed below.
Biodegradation testing facility
CSIRO has designed and built testing laboratories that can assess the biodegradation of plastics according to Australian Standard AS 4736.
Australian Animal Health Laboratory
The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is a front line defence – helping to protect Australia from the threat of exotic and emerging animal diseases.
National Soil Archive
The CSIRO National Soil Archive in Canberra is Australia's primary resource for conserving soil specimens and making them accessible for future research.
CSIRO carries out testing certification and standardisation in the areas of reaction to fire and fire resistance. We also provide independent and objective fire safety engineering expertise and evaluation.
The history of CSIRO
CSIRO was formed in 1926 and is Australia's national science agency. Find out the breakthroughs we have achieved and the people that have been part of our organisation.
Find out how CSIRO has contributed to Australian science since 1926.
The CSIRO Facade engineering and weather performance of buildings group specialises in evaluating and certifying the various elements associated with the building envelope.
Australia Telescope National Facility
CSIRO's radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility, with the facility supporting Australia's research in radio astronomy.
Collaborative Crystallisation Centre (C3)
Our Collaborative Crystallisation Centre (C3) provides high throughput screening and optimisation of crystallisation conditions for proteins and protein complexes.
The CSIRO thermal laboratory can measure properties such as thermal conductivity and thermal resistance (R-value) of a wide range of insulating and conducting materials.
CSIRO provides a range of acoustic research, measurement and consulting services to help improve the acoustic environments in buildings.
Australian National Algae Culture Collection
A fact sheet about a unique bank of Australian biodiversity housed at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart that contains marine and freshwater algae sourced from tropical Australia to Antarctica. (2 pages)
Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC)
The Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, earthworms, nematodes and centipedes.
Australian National Fish Collection
The Australian National Fish Collection, based at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, is a comprehensive and internationally-renowned biodiversity reference and research facility.
Australian Tree Seed Centre
The Australian Tree Seed Centre (ATSC) is a national facility for source-identified seed of Australia’s trees and shrubs.
The Australian National Herbarium
The Australian National Herbarium is the national collection of plant specimens that provides a warehouse of information about Australia's native flora.
Australian National Wildlife Collection
The ANWC is a leading research centre that provides important information on Australia’s wildlife heritage through the collection of land vertebrates including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals