What does crcCARE do?
The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (crcCARE) is an independent organisation that performs research, develops technologies and provides policy guidance for assessing, cleaning up and preventing contamination of soil, water and air.
Our innovative research is divided into four complementary programs:
- Best Practice Policy: More effective, efficient and certain national policy for assessing and remediating contamination
- Better Measurement: More accurate, rapid, reliable and cost-effective measurement and assessment
- Minimising Uncertainty in Risk Assessment: New technology, methods and knowledge for assessing risks to human health and the environment
- Cleaning Up: Innovative clean-up technologies and a wider range of effective management options
crcCARE was launched in 2005 as part of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program and in 2011 successfully bid for a further nine years of funding. The CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It’s a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.
Under the CRC model, crcCARE’s Participants comprise research partners (several leading universities and CSIRO) and industry partners (entities that need to deal with contaminated sites and environmental contamination). Our industry partners span companies whose operations require contamination to be managed or remediated (e.g. mining companies and the Department of Defence), government regulators (including several state environment protection authorities), and environmental consultancies (the companies that are commissioned to clean up contaminated sites).
By bringing together these sometimes disparate stakeholders, crcCARE ensures that our researchers work on solving the problems that industry needs solved, and develop technologies and knowledge that are of economic benefit to industry and at the same time enhance or protect human and ecological health.
crcCARE has 29 industry, research and government partners (known as Participants). A full list can be found here.
crcCARE’s management structure
crcCARE is governed by a board of directors. crcCARE Directors serve a term of two years with one half by number retiring on the date of each annual general meeting. The Board includes an independent Chairman who is elected annually. A list of the current board members is available here.
How can we collaborate with crcCARE?
There are a number of ways that you can collaborate with crcCARE. To discuss your options please contact Professor Ravi Naidu. How do I apply for a PhD with crcCARE?
The opportunities for PhD projects and funding is constantly changing. The list of current projects is available here.
What is remediation?
Remediation is the act of remediating (cleaning up) and/or containing contaminants so as to minimise their impact on human health and the environment.
Land and water have been contaminated through past activities, and the remediation of such land and water bodies is important for a healthy society.
Although it is impossible to prevent all chemical spills, intentional releases, natural disasters and accidents that lead to contamination, prevention is still a primary goal of most governments and industries.
The process of cleaning up contaminants can involve:
- removing the contaminated material to a safe site such as a registered landfill or tip
- treating the contamination on-site to break down the contaminants to safer byproducts
- treating the contaminants on-site to contain them so they pose little risk
- treating the contaminated material off-site at treatment centres to break down the contaminants to safer byproducts
- allowing the contaminants to naturally degrade (not always possible or practical even when the process is accelerated)
- a combination of the above.