Australia: at last, a Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Autism

At last! The Australian Government decided to fund a Co-operative Research Centres (CRC) for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

"The CRC for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders will receive $31 million to enhance the lives of individuals with lifelong development disabilities arising from an autism spectrum disorder." (see

The number of people diagnosed with autism has more than doubled every 5 years for at least 20 years. Data from Australian Government sources shows over 1.4% of school aged Australian children were diagnosed with autism in 2012 (see

Analysis of ABS data collected in 2009 (see shows around 20% of Australians with severe or profound disability aged 5-24 years have autism (see The number of people with severe or profound disability did not increase from 2003 to 2009, but the proportion of people with autism doubled over the same period. Autism is a serious and growing issue for Australia and Government needs to pay far more attention that it has in the past.

Reports on the CRC are available at: