National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) was established in 2009 as a joint funding initiative of the ARC and the National Water Commission. The funding for this Centre will support future policy and management decision-making for groundwater in line with the objectives of the National Water Initiative.

The Centre is jointly funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Water Commission (NWC) under the Special Research Initiatives scheme. 

The Centre provides scale and focus to Australia's groundwater research effort, building research capacity and providing outcomes of significant national benefit in a field which is vital for Australia's sustainability. It undertakes research in all aspects of groundwater and leads the training of a new generation of hydrogeologists and groundwater specialists, filling a significant gap in Australia's current resource management capabilities. The NCGRT also explores the social and economic consequences of differing groundwater allocation models which could be applied to industrial, agricultural and urban stakeholders.

Please visit the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training website for further information.

Funding: $29.5 million over five years

Centre Director: Professor Craig Simmons

Administering Organisation: Flinders University

Collaborating Organisations:

  • CSIRO
  • Geoscience Australia
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Partner Organisations:

  • Charles Sturt University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The Australian University
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Western Australia
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Technology, Sydney.

National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Fact Sheet
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Key documents relating to the application and selection process

Funding Rules
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Call for Proposals
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