Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

Ensuring a strong research future for Australia

13 May 2015

The future of Australia’s all-important research sector has been significantly strengthened with the announcement in the Federal Budget that the Australian Government is providing $300 million over the next two years to continue the work of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The funding will help secure the jobs of 1700 highly skilled technical and research staff critical to the ongoing operations of the NCRIS.

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons today welcomed the funding announcement saying that it will not only help drive Australia’s economic capacity but is also good news for Swan, with eight NCRIS projects currently being funded under the initiative.

“Each of these projects are predominantly being delivered by one of Western Australia’s leading universities, Curtin University of Technology, which is renowned for its research facilities and staff.

“I am pleased that under this funding initiative, Swan will continue to host and support these NCRIS projects which are already playing an important part in Australia’s national research strategy.”

Institution Project
Curtin University of Technology 








Curtin University

AuScopeIntegrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

Astronomy Infrastructure





Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

“It’s very encouraging to see the Government recognise the importance of research to our country’s future as NCRIS supports some of the brightest minds we have to help make Australia competitive on the global stage,” Mr Irons said.

“The innovative work of Australian researchers supported by these NCRIS projects will certainly assist in achieving that aim of improving our research effort, and I am delighted that it is being supported by the Government.”

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP emphasised the importance of the NCRIS funding announcement.

“Funding for NCRIS until 30 June 2017 will ensure the ongoing provision of services to over 35,000 researchers across 222 institutions around Australia,” Mr Pyne said.

“Without this funding certainty, facilities may have closed, researchers may have left Australia along with their critical skills and knowledge, and industry and international partnerships would have been severely compromised.”

“High quality, networked, accessible and sustainable research infrastructure is a crucial investment in Australia’s future,” Mr Pyne said.

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