External partnerships and capabilities

Access national research infrastructure through our external providers and collaborators.

AAF (Australian Access Federation)

What can the AAF do to help with my research?

The Australian Access Federation provides the means of allowing a participating institution and/or a service provider to trust the information it receives from another participating institution. This provides seamless access to resources and secure communication by removing most of the roadblocks to collaboration and sharing at both the institutional and end user levels. This allows researchers to use their home institution Login to access a growing number of participating services and resources.

For further information browse the service catalogue of the AAF

ANDS (Australian National Data Service)

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is a program funded by the Australian Government to develop research data infrastructure and enable more effective use of Australia's research data assets.

ANDS is transforming Australia's research data environment to:

  • make Australian research data collections more valuable by managing, connecting, enabling discovery and supporting the reuse of this data
  • enable richer research, more accountable research; more efficient use of research data; and improved provision of data to support policy development.

What can ANDS do to help my research?

Enhanced data – better described, more connected, more integrated and organised, more accessible, – allows new questions to be investigated and larger issues to be investigated. ANDS can help manage your data in the following ways:

  • Creation of Data Management Plans
  • Metadata management
  • Discovery, access and reuse of data
  • Training and tutorials

Creating more valuable data for Australian research via;

Research Data Australia - a window into the Australian Research Data Commons. Designed to provide rich connections between data, projects, researchers and institutions, and promote visibility of Australian research data collections in search engines.

For further information; ANDS (Australian National Data Service)

Intersect Australia

Intersect is Australia's largest full-service eResearch support agency. Intersect helps researchers increase their impact through innovative technologies and expert advice. They work closely with their members and the wider research community to:

  • increase research productivity by decreasing time from hypothesis to tested results
  • support research diversity by enabling collaborators to share data and experience across disciplines and across organisations
  • increase research longevity by storing and sharing the long tail of data beyond the research project lifecycle.

How can Intersect help my research?

Software Engineering

  • help to develop cost effective, research-focused software applications
  • a track record of over 100 software engineering projects delivered across all research disciplines
  • the team has proven technical capabilities in web and mobile applications.

Learn more about Software Engineering.

Consultancy and advice

  • provide expert advice on applying information technologies across the research life cycle
  • help you build and develop your Research capability
  • assist in scoping your advanced IT needs for grants and other funding proposals.

Learn more about Consultancy and advice.


Learn more about Training.

Research Data Management

  • offer a collaborative and cost effective storage system by researchers for researchers
  • help you securely store and manage your research data at scale
  • support your research collaborations with high performance.

Learn more about Research Data Management.

Research Computing

  • provide state-of-the-art big computing platforms
  • researchers can select cloud, cluster or high performance computing
  • host and manage your research applications.

Learn more about Research Computing.

Data Services

  • leading the development of new domain specific data services in the health and medical research areas
  • participating in other data services in genomics, imaging and humanities
  • foster data communities across disciplines.

Discover med.data.edu.au and omics.data.edu.au

Who do I get in touch with?

Dr Ghulam Murtaza, is La Trobe’s resident Digital Research analyst to facilitate Intersect services for the La Trobe community. Please get in touch with him at g.murtaza@latrobe.edu.au or on 03 9479 6820.

NCI (National Computational Infrastructure)

The National Computational Infrastructure is Australia's national research computing facility, providing world-class services to Australian researchers, industry and government.

NCI is home to the Southern Hemisphere's fastest supercomputer and filesystems, Australia's highest performance research cloud, and one of the nation's largest data catalogues.

How can NCI help with my research?

Browse the list of NCI services to find out how you can access the following; HPC, cloud services, data services, visualisation services and virtual labs.

NeCTAR (The National eResearch Collaboration Tools & Resources project)

How can NeCTAR help me?

Nectar provides an online infrastructure that supports researchers to connect with colleagues in Australia and around the world, allowing them to collaborate and share ideas and research outcomes, which will ultimately contribute to our collective knowledge and make a significant impact on our society.

Nectar Virtual Labs are rich domain-oriented online environments that draw together research data, models, analysis tools and workflows to support collaborative research across institutional and discipline boundaries. They are built and led by the Australian research sector and are used nationally and internationally by the research community.

Nectar Cloud provides computing infrastructure, software and services that allow Australia's research community to store, access, and run data, remotely, rapidly and autonomously. Nectar Cloud's self-service structure allows users to access their own data at any time and collaborate with others from their desktop in a fast and efficient way.

Check out these NeCTAR Virtual Labs to see what is happening in your research discipline:

NeCTAR Virtual labs

Who's it for?

Nectar Lab

What does it do?

Archaeologists, geologists, environmental scientists, anyone needing applications for offline digital data field collection

FAIMS: Field Acquired Information Management SystemsBuilds tools for digital data collection in the field, and online processing and archiving of the resulting data.

Arts, Culture, History and Entertainment

HuNI:Humantities Networked Infrastructure

  • Combines data from many Australian cultural websites into the biggest humanities and creative arts database ever assembled in Australia.
  • HuNI data covers all disciplines and brings together information about the people, works, events, organisations and places that make up the country’s rich cultural landscape.


ASVO (All Sky Virtual Observatory)

  • Provides a direct and vital link between the theoretical and observational aspects of data collection and analysis.
  • Enables researchers to access a growing collection of theoretical and observational datasets, via a distributed network of ASVO “Nodes”.

Biodiversity, climate and environmental researchers who need access to a standardised set of tools for analysis and requisite data sources at their desktop

Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Lab

  • Allows you to undertake species distribution modelling and experiments using biological, climate and environmental data.
  • Allows you to load your own biological data to run experiments, or use the information already loaded into the system

Biodiversity, climate and environmental researchers who need to analyse climate change simulations

Climate and Weather Science Laboratory

  • Increases access to data archives and modelling products.
  • Reduces the technical barriers to using state of the art tools.
  • Facilitates the sharing of experiments and results.
  • Reduces the time to conduct scientific research studies.
  • Provides a platform for collaboration and contributions by the Australian research community.

Biomedical fields

Solving Endocrine Disorders without borders

  • Easily and securely access clinical and bioinformatics data.
  • Share data sets and collaborate nationally and internationally with clinical communities and patients.
Biologists and researchers working with genomics
GVL: Genomics Virtual LaboratoryProvides a cloud-based suite of genomics analysis tools for research and training.
Biologists and researchers working with genomicsmGVL: Microbial Genomics Virtual LaboratoryProvides a computer image based around Galaxy with a defined set of microbial-specific tools and reference data.

Geological sciences, meteorological, engineering, social scientists, computational modellers, statistical, spatial scientists

Virtual Hazards Impact and Risks Laboratory

  • Models will estimate the generation and propagation of natural hazards across the earth's surface and through the atmosphere.
  • Models will estimate the subsequent impact on people and buildings.
  • Workflows will define how the models can be used for different end user requirements.


Virtual Geophysics Lab

  • A workflow that provides direct access to a large collection of datasets and models supplied by Geoscience Australia.
  • A workflow with a spatial environment.
  • Ability to select sub-set datasets of interest ready for download or for processing.
  • A "run your science" feature where you setup a processing job to analyse selected datasets.
    Processing is submitted to the Cloud for execution and returns results into a Result Registry.
  • At completion of the simulation, you can retrieve results from the Result Registry for archiving, sharing and/or later use.
  • Replicable simulations as data is collected throughout the workflow describing the steps taken, datasets used, versions of code and are registered in the registry.

Glycomics researchers, ‘omics’ disciplines

UniCarbKBAims to promote the creation of an online information storage and search platform for glycomics and glycobiology research.
Human Communication Scientists and researchersAlveoA virtual laboratory that provides human communication science researchers all over Australia with infrastructure to store data collections, analysis tools, and workflows in a common environment, allowing researchers to study speech, language, text, and music on a larger scale.

Marine modelling

Marvl: Marine Virtual Laboratory

  • Enables researchers interested in marine modelling to access an online portal that simplifies the process of marine modelling.
  • Allows researchers to obtain a pre-prepared package using simple workflow by combining geographic location, datasets, forcing data and processing power, all within the cloud.

Sustainability researchers, Ecologists, Economists

Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory - IELAB

  • Unravels the complex environmental and economic interactions of modern Australia.
  • Enhances Australia’s analytical capabilities in Life-Cycle Assessment, carbon footprinting, water footprinting, and other approaches to environmental impact assessment.
  • Improves capacity for modelling the future effects of changes in economic and social policy.
  • Enables analysis of supply chain impacts, by consolidating data and developing new analysis tools.
  • Enables studies on future biofuel industries for Australia, industrial symbiosis and material efficiency, and on waste metal flows.

Researchers using imaging techniques, Structural Biologists, Microscopists

CVL: Characterisation Virtual Laboratory

  • An online environment to access imaging tools and data.
  • A remote desktop environment, run on the NeCTAR cloud, which provides access to a range of tools to process atom probe, neuroimaging, structural biology, X-ray and general imaging data.
Researchers in the biomedical fields of Endocrinology, Adrenal Tumors, Type-1 Diabetes, Disorder of Sex Disease, Niemann-Pick Disease, Atypical Femur Fracture and Polycistic Ovarian SyndromeEndoVL: Endocrine Genomics Virtual LabProvides clinical/biomedical data resources supporting a wide range of clinical research groups across Australia and globally.

VLSCI (Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative)