Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    Success in first stage of bid for CRC

    8/10/2018 1:15 PM
    • The bid for the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre progresses  
    • Stage 2 application to be submitted by November 26, 2018 

    The McGowan Government is pleased that the application for the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI CRC) has been shortlisted to the next round by the Cooperative Research Centres program.


    Stage 2 of the submission process involves providing a comprehensive business case for consideration by the CRC Advisory Committee.


    The FBI CRC chairperson-elect Tim Shanahan and other members of the bid team, will be invited to present in person to the committee in Canberra in February 2019.   


    If the bid is successful, Perth will host the FBI CRC headquarters and the State Government will invest $5.5 million, through the Minerals Institute of Western Australia, and $500,000 from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation towards the CRC.


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "It's great to see that the bid for the FBI CRC has passed the first assessment.


    "The Commonwealth Government has recently acknowledged the growing importance of the battery and energy materials sector to the Australian economy. This CRC bid has never been more relevant.


    "Our State is the ideal place to host the CRC; we have the resources, highly skilled workers and technical expertise, and we're also the largest producer of lithium in the world.


    "I expect to hear back in March 2019 whether or not Western Australia's bid has been successful."


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