The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian cotton industry.

A partnership between the Commonwealth Government and cotton growers, CRDC invests in world-leading RD&E to benefit Australia’s dynamic cotton industry, and the wider community. We invest in innovation and transformative technologies to deliver impact, and as an organisation we are ambitious, agile, and adaptive.

Cotton is a major contributor to the economic, environmental and social fabric of rural Australia. The industry’s national exports generate an average of $1.9 billion in annual revenue, and the industry is a major employer in rural and regional communities.

The industry continues to go through a period of growth: in recent years, cotton has expanded from its predominate growing base in NSW and QLD to VIC, and commercial trials are also underway in the NT and WA.

RD&E and its resulting innovations are a key driving force behind our industry’s continued success - and CRDC’s purpose is to power the success of Australian cotton through this world-leading RD&E.

Our aim is to create $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production by 2023. To help achieve this, Australian cotton growers and the Commonwealth Government will co-invest $18.9 million through CRDC into cotton RD&E during 2021-22, across approximately 300 projects and in collaboration with around 100 research partners. Read more about our investments in Research Development

We are based in Narrabri NSW (one of the major centres of cotton growing in Australia), and have satellite offices in Emerald, Toowoomba and Brisbane.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Our Purpose

Investing in world-leading RD&E to benefit Australia’s dynamic cotton industry.

Our Vision

CRDC: Powering the success of Australian cotton through world leading RD&E.

Our Goals

  • Increase productivity and profitability on cotton farms

  • Improve cotton farming sustainability and value chain competitiveness

  • Build adaptive capacity of the cotton industry

  • Strengthening partnerships and adoption

  • Driving RD&E impact.

Through successfully implementing our vision, purpose and goals, CRDC will achieve the following outcome:

Increased economic, social and environmental benefits for the Australian cotton industry, and the wider community, by investing in knowledge, innovation and its adoption.