Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri


What happens at Narrabri

The Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) is owned by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSWDPI). Established in 1958, ACRI is located between Narrabri and Wee Waa in the centre of New South Wales' main cotton production areas. In 1972 CSIRO moved staff to ACRI from Canberra, Griffith and Kununurra to create a cotton research hub in partnership with the then NSW Department of Agriculture. Three successive cotton cooperative research centres (CRC) operated from the site from 1994 to 2012.

Research activities at the ACRI have played a key role in the development of cotton in New South Wales and Queensland. Scientists at ACRI are assisting the cotton industry to develop a sustainable future based on productivity and best practice natural resource, disease and pest management.

The Institute is located on the banks of the Namoi River. The site consists of 277 hectares of land with 183 hectares being irrigated. It includes glasshouses, laboratories, cotton gin, controlled environment growth rooms, insectaries, workshops and conference rooms. Both DPI and CSIRO employ over 100 permanent, temporary and casual staff which include a diverse mix of Researchers, technicians, farm operational and administrative support employees.

Cotton research

Our research

ACRI is the primary centre for the Australian cotton industry. Research and development activities are being undertaken to deliver improved productivity and sustainable natural resource management.

Glasshouse external

Our facilities and services

The Institute has a range of research, education, farming and community resources.

Cotton field

Our climate

Located in the North West Slopes, the Institute experiences a semi-arid climate.

Aerial view of ACRI

Our history

Established in 1958, the Institute has a long history of research in grains, cotton and pastures.


Wee Waa Road
Narrabri NSW 2390

Postal address:

Narrabri – Australian Cotton Research Institute
Locked Bag 1000
Narrabri NSW 2390

Phone: (02) 6799 1500

International: +61 2 6799 1500

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