CSIRO has collaborated with organisations in Malaysia for more than 20 years. This engagement has been bilateral as well as multilateral under regional programmes such as ASEAN and APEC.

While earlier projects were largely development and agriculture related, more recent activities have focused on biosecurity and the resources sector.


Working with collaborators from the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) in Malaysia, our scientists at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) played a key role in discovering bats are the likely host of a virus that can cause a serious but apparently non-fatal respiratory tract illness in humans.

The new virus was named Melaka, after the location where it was isolated, in early 2006. CSIRO continues to maintain a strong relationship with NPHL Malaysia. 

Through the AAHL Regional Program, CSIRO supported laboratory capacity building in improved diagnostics for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease of Poultry for the National Veterinary Laboratory situated at Ipoh, Malaysia. 

This work was supported by a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) twinning project which concluded in 2012. Since then AAHL has maintained close relations with the Ipoh National Veterinary Laboratory. CSIRO also continues to be included in annual regional workshops and diagnostic proficiency testing rounds through regional programs funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and delivered by Malaysia.


The Sarawak State Government has allocated half a million hectares to improve the sustainability of tropical forestry. One third of the land will be set aside for conservation, one third for use by the traditional ethnic communities, and one third for plantation forestry.

CSIRO is supplying technical expertise to create the highest quality plantation possible with the available technology. USA science magazine Discover named Sarawak’s Planted Forest project as one of the six most important experiments in the world.


CSIRO has a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Petronas, the national petroleum company of Malaysia. The Agreement builds on the long relationship between the two organisations and formalises collaborative activities, including petroleum exploration and production, advanced materials, clean coal technology and renewable energy.

CSIRO and Petronas have co-developed an adhesive composite material called PIPEASSURETM which is used to repair damaged oil and gas pipelines.

Five ways we can work together in ASEAN

  • Create IP to address major regional challenges.
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  • Access world leading facilities and technologies.
  • Connect to Australian deep tech businesses expanding across ASEAN.
  • License existing technology.

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