The Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research was launched at the University of Melbourne on 20, February 2006 by the Minister of Science and Technology for the People’s Republic of China, Professor Xu Guanhua, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Glyn Davis.
The concept for the Centre was initiated at the first Australia-China Symposium on Living Sustainability, which was held in Melbourne in October, 2004. This was a collaborative venture, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China and the then Department of Education, Science and Training (now Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, and Research), and administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Formal steps to establish the Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research were taken in Beijing in October, 2005, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, and the designation of nodes of the Centre in China and in Australia. The Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, an institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was asked to host the key node in China, while the University of Melbourne was to establish the key node of the Centre in Australia.