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Research into exploration, mining, ore dressing and metallurgy is conducted by government bodies, universities, private enterprise, and by the combined efforts of all these. A summary of the main organisations and their functions follows.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
CSIRO contributes to the development of sustainable and competitive minerals and energy industries in Australia through research and development activities.
This is achieved by the provision of research and development capabilities to support existing and emerging industries, as well as providing for the next generation of technology, products and processes. At the same time, CSIRO endeavours to bring about safe and ecologically sustainable development through research and advice on environmental issues related to client industries. By working closely with industry, government and other organisations, CSIRO helps transform research outcomes into new or improved business opportunities.
The research activities are conducted by CSIRO divisions as part of work programs in support of the following sectors defined by CSIRO:
under the guidance of the respective industry-based Sector Advisory Committees.
See Forestry and fishing and Science and innovation for more information on the CSIRO.
AMIRA International (Australian Mineral Industries Research Association Limited)
AMIRA International is a not-for-profit private sector company, established in 1959 to facilitate the technical advancement of its members in the mineral, coal, petroleum and associated industries. It has membership and support of about 100 companies in Australia and internationally.
AMIRA International brokers and manages jointly funded research projects on a fee for service basis. Project sponsors are required to be AMIRA members. Typically, at any one time there are 75 projects under management valued at $35m.
The primary benefit delivered by AMIRA International is the output from project sponsorship.
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE)
ABARE is a professionally independent agency devoted to applied economic research.
For over 50 years ABARE has worked with industry and government to provide stakeholders in Australia's rural and resource industries with up-to-date public policy analysis and commodity forecasts.
ABARE's research seeks to clearly and independently identify the benefits and costs of alternative policy options for consideration by government and private decision makers. ABARE's data about domestic and international economic performance help clients achieve increased productivity, enhanced value and improved market access.
ABARE services include:
ABARE undertakes economic research on issues affecting the full range of major minerals, energy, agricultural and natural resources industries, as well as on climate change, and on macroeconomic, microeconomic and trade issues relating to these industries.