CRC for Developing Northern Australia

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) is investing $75 million in Australian Government funding to support scienced based research and development in the north over 10 years: 2017 to 2027.

Investments are developing new technologies, products and services which address industry issues unique to Northern Australia.

Our Vision

To support an economically resilient future for Northern Australia.

Our Mission

To invest in industry based research that de-risks development in Northern Australia to realise a resilient and sustainable economic future.

Our Focus Areas

  • First Nations-led business development
  • Agriculture (incl. horticulture and forestry)
  • Water security
  • Aquaculture
  • Health service delivery
  • Education

Our objectives

Broker Partnerships

Broker partnerships across governments, jurisdictions and industry to achieve positive environmental and social change.

Nature Positive and Inclusive

Deliver a coordinated approach to sector development that is nature positive and inclusive of First Nations aspirations.

Climate Resilience

Position the north as a global leader in climate resilience and development with environmental sustainability at the core.

Government Alignment

Alignment with Australian Government policies to deliver place-based research, development, extension and adoption, with impact.

De-risk Development

Provide evidence and genuine collaboration for improved community, supply chain development, land and resource use, infrastructure policy, planning and delivery.


Lead collaborative approaches to enhancing industry diversification, ensuring the aspirations of those who live, work and invest in the region are realised in sustainable and inclusive ways.