The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

2 October 2019

Leading the way in biosolids research and innovation

Research will develop new ways to manage biosolids that will help transform the agriculture and manufacturing industries, creating new jobs and business opportunities as well as providing an environmental dividend.

The Morrison Government is funding research that will investigate how to better manage and reuse biosolids, the organic matter recycled from waste water.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the Morrison Government was providing $3.9 million to establish an Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource at RMIT University.

"This centre will develop new applications and market opportunities in the biosolids sector, as well as deliver cost savings for industry and better results for the environment," Mr Tehan said.

"Our Government’s investment will establish Australia as a world-leader in managing and reusing biosolids and will have significant benefits in the fields of agribusiness, environment, and manufacturing.

"The centre will also develop a group of highly-trained industry-ready researchers that will develop more sustainable, improved technologies, and enhanced use of biosolids products.

"It will also provide training for the next generation of researchers."

RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said the new centre provided the opportunity to build expertise that could truly shape the world.

"Our research is focused on working with industry and the community to solve complex challenges for our economy, society and environment," he said.

"This new centre harnesses RMIT’s strengths and world-leading research in environmental science and technologies and demonstrates our commitment to training the next generation of researchers."

The training centre will attract a total of $13.7 million in cash and in-kind support and involve collaboration with 20 participating organisations across three countries.

More information is on the ARC website.

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