The PHRN is funded through the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program.

Since PHRN was established in 2009, the NCRIS has invested more than $80 million in PHRN’s national data linkage infrastructure. Government agencies, research institutes and universities have provided significant additional cash and in-kind contributions to PHRN since its inception.  

NCRIS supports a wide range of national research infrastructure including world-class equipment, data and services open to all Australian researchers. It enables cutting edge research activity in 27 facilities across Australia, from molecular science to big data, human health, the environment, urban dynamics and more. 

Collaboration across the NCRIS infrastructures means Australia can provide bigger and better equipment than might be expected for a country our size. It also enables our researchers to respond faster in a crisis.

For example, NCRIS projects helped Australia pivot quickly to respond to COVID-19, from developing and testing vaccines to designing treatment drugs and manufacturing PPE.

See here NCRIS Interactive Poster COVID-19 Response.

The outcomes and impacts from this funding will be seen for decades.

Read about PHRN’s collaboration with other NCRIS health capabilities here.


PHRN is supported by the Australian Government’s NCRIS program.


The University of Western Australia is the Lead Agent for the PHRN funding agreement.

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