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Facilities and Collections

Did you know that you can access CSIRO’s range of international-standard laboratories, testing equipment and facilities?

We also host various national reference collections which are available to industry and research partners. Some of these facilities and collections are accessible on a fee-for-service basis.

We invite you to review our facilities and collections as listed below.

Dr David Williams: Executive Director, CSIRO National Facilities & Collections

Dr David Williams leads CSIRO's National Facilities, Collections and scientific infrastructure.

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex: Deep Space Network facility

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of three Deep Space Network stations around the world providing continuous, two-way radio contact with spacecraft exploring our solar system and beyond. CSIRO manages the facility on behalf of the Australian Government.

The High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre

The High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre is constructing a flotilla of phenomics instruments to take into the field, improving phenomic analysis of plants.


CSIRO provides a range of acoustic research, measurement and consulting services to help improve the acoustic environments in buildings.

Thermal Properties

The CSIRO thermal laboratory can measure properties such as thermal conductivity and thermal resistance (R-value) of a wide range of insulating and conducting materials.

Nicole Fisher: Research Technician, Australian National Insect Collection

Mrs Nicole Fishers main area of activity is taxonomic curation and research on Hymenoptera.

Facade engineering

The CSIRO Facade engineering and weather performance of buildings group specialises in evaluating and certifying the various elements associated with the building envelope.

Australia Telescope National Facility

CSIRO's radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility, with the facility supporting Australia's research in radio astronomy.

Australian Animal Health Laboratory

As a CSIRO national scientific facility AAHL helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats.

The history of CSIRO

CSIRO was formed in 1926 and is Australia's national science agency. Find out the breakthroughs we have achieved and the people that have been part of our organisation. Find out how CSIRO has contributed to Australian science since 1926.

Laser flow diagnostics laboratory

CSIRO’s laser laboratory is a key resource in our computational fluid dynamics capability.

Australian National Algae Culture Collection

This unique bank of Australian biodiversity contains marine and freshwater microalgal classes sourced from tropical Australia to Antarctica.

Sydney: North Ryde, NSW (Riverside Life Sciences Centre)

CSIRO has state-of-the-art biological and chemical laboratories at the Riverside Corporate Park in North Ryde.

Australian National Algae Culture Collection

A fact sheet about a unique bank of Australian biodiversity housed at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart that contains marine and freshwater algae sourced from tropical Australia to Antarctica. (2 pages)

Collaborative Crystallisation Centre (C3)

Our Collaborative Crystallisation Centre (C3) provides high throughput screening and optimisation of crystallisation conditions for proteins and protein complexes.

National Soil Archive

The CSIRO National Soil Archive in Canberra is Australia's primary resource for conserving soil specimens and making them accessible for future research.

CSIRO Pyrotron: A National Bushfire Research Facility

A national research facility testing combustion and spread of bushfires to improve fire safety and fire-fighting for Australian communities

Fire safety

CSIRO carries out testing certification and standardisation in the areas of reaction to fire and fire resistance. We also provide independent and objective fire safety engineering expertise and evaluation.

Biodegradation testing facility

CSIRO has designed and built testing laboratories that can assess the biodegradation of plastics according to Australian Standard AS 4736.

Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC)

The Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, earthworms, nematodes and centipedes.

CSIRO Engineering Facility

CSIRO's Engineering facility provides specialist engineering support for scientific research programs.

Australian National Fish Collection

The Australian National Fish Collection, based at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, is a comprehensive and internationally-renowned biodiversity reference and research facility.

Australian Tree Seed Centre

The Australian Tree Seed Centre (ATSC) is a national facility for source-identified seed of Australia’s trees and shrubs.

The Australian National Herbarium

The Australian National Herbarium is the national collection of plant specimens that provides a warehouse of information about Australia's native flora.

Australian National Wildlife Collection

The ANWC is a leading research centre that provides important information on Australia’s wildlife heritage through the collection of land vertebrates including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals

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