Who we are

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) enables the Australian research community and industry access to nationally significant, data intensive digital research infrastructure, platforms, skills and collections of high quality data.

As a national research infrastructure provider, the ARDC facilitates partnerships to develop a coherent research environment that enables researchers to find, access, contribute to and effectively use services to maximise research quality and impact.

Our history

In July 2018, the ARDC was formed under the Federal Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) through the merger of three existing digital research infrastructure capabilities: the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) and Research Data Services (RDS).

In May 2019, the ARDC became a company limited by guarantee and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. We currently have 20 members.


Our purpose is to provide Australian researchers with competitive advantage through data.

Our principles define us

Transforming research through better tools, by providing better software, platforms and data across the research lifecycle.

Building strong partnerships and collaborations are at the heart of everything that we do. As one part of a national and international system, we work with others to inform, magnify and sustain common work objectives.

Focusing on national scale opportunities to help develop a nationally coherent eResearch infrastructure environment in a global context.

Be a catalyst for and complement the sector by accelerating innovation through projects, infrastructure, services, consultancy and outreach.

People are essential and we will continue to raise awareness of this and support communities in order to build skills and culture in the sector.


Commitment to sustainable expertise and services, digital infrastructure for data and tools.

Our Mission

To accelerate research and innovation by driving excellence in the creation, analysis and retention of high-quality data assets.

Creating Australia’s research data commons involves us all.

Learn more about the ARDC in our impact booklet "Leading Australia to data-driven research impact"