About us

The world’s first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) is the world’s first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism. We are taking a "whole of life" approach to autism focusing on diagnosis, education and adult life.

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Our Vision

To transform the lives of people living with autism across their lifespan through end-user driven research

Our Mission

To build a self-sustaining, collaborative venture that facilitates world-class research focused on diagnosis and best-practice lifetime interventions, underpinned by a commitment to inclusive research practices and ultimately enhancing the lives of those living with autism


  • Harness existing knowledge of autism to ensure early and accurate diagnosis, and use breakthroughs in biological research to identify subtypes of autism and the most effective interventions for these;
  • Provide autism appropriate educational environments and programs that optimise students’ social, behavioural and academic success, and equip teachers to manage even the most complex behaviours; and
  • Improve opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to successfully transition to post school life, participate in higher education and employment, and identify best practice in physical and mental health management.

A unique mix of partnerships

Our centre brings together a unique mix of participants - government, university, research and not-for profit organisations, and world class researchers.

As one of the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres we are funded by a mix of Government, University and Industry funding. With your help we can make an even bigger difference for people with Autism.

We commenced operations in July 2013 and are located at The University of Queensland’s Long Pocket precinct.

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