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Research and science
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) gathers and maintains information about Queensland's water, land, minerals, petroleum and vegetation so that any legislation, policies or plans developed are based on sound science.
DNRM works closely with industry, the community, tertiary institutions and other government agencies to research, assess and monitor those natural systems.
Other departments, including the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, and the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, conduct a vast number of research projects in areas such as biotechnology, horticulture, grazing management and food technology.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection conducts research on wildlife, plants and animals; while the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing conducts research on managing parks and forests.
Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)
The CRC program was established in 1990 to improve Australia's research and development effort. The CRCs allow researchers and industry groups to link together and focus their research efforts on translating research into commercial products.
Currently, there are 72 CRCs operating in six sectors: environment, agriculture, information and communication technology, mining, medical science, and technology and manufacturing.
For more information on CRCs visit the CRC website.
Land and Water Australia and NRM research
The natural resource management unit in the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) coordinates and integrates NRM with research and development activities. They work closely with Land and Water Australia, and together they maximise the value of NRM research undertaken by various research and development centres.
Visit the Australian Government's DAFF NRM Research website.
Visit the Australian Government's Land and Water website.
Last updated 10 August 2012