Our mission is to achieve better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions.


The Institute’s ambitious Strategic Plan 2017-2020 is driving our commitment to making an even greater contribution to improving the health of vulnerable communities around the world.

We are proud to share our strategic blueprint to create a more focused, program-led organisation, one that harnesses our remarkable technical breadth to solve devastating health problems.


Burnet Institute is an Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, independent organisation that links medical research with practical action to help solve devastating health problems. This sets us apart from other organisations.

Excellence – Innovation – Impact

Burnet brings together a highly diverse skill base, with more than 400 staff and students working across cutting-edge research and projects to address some of the most relevant global health issues.

Institute-wide interdisciplinary health programs are at the heart of our daily decision making. Each thematic program represents the full breadth of our technical skill based to foster a collaborative approach to tackle some of the most challenging global health issues in:

  • Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
  • Disease Elimination
  • Behaviours and Health Risks
  • Health Security.

Harnessing our international and local field presence, our laboratories, and our mixed development and research cultures, drives a greater focus on the most relevant health issues, and achieves a greater impact as a result.

Burnet’s laboratory and field research, and technical expertise, is fostered across three cross-cutting disciplines:

Where We Work

Whilst our headquarters is based in Melbourne, Australia, we have offices in Papua New Guinea and Myanmar. We are also actively involved in various research and project activities in a range of Asian, Pacific and African countries, including China, Lao PDR, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Dynamic Leadership

Burnet Institute has attracted a world-class leadership team featuring internationally-renowned scientists and researchers, headed by Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC, an award-winning malaria researcher.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Supported by a dynamic Board, chaired by Ms Mary Padbury, Burnet’s leadership team values excellence, innovation and social justice, and shares a desire to extend the boundaries of knowledge and understanding.

Find out more about our Leadership Team.

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Our rich history

From the earliest days at Fairfield Hospital to the latest laboratory breakthrough, read about Burnet’s rich history in the special 30th Anniversary edition of IMPACT.

Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet’s Legacy

Burnet Institute is named in honour of Sir Macfarlane Burnet OM, AK, KBE who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1960. Sir Macfarlane, one of Australia’s most distinguished virologists and immunologists, is honoured each year when an outstanding international or Australian scientist delivers the Burnet Oration.

Dual Accreditation

We are the only unaligned organisation in Australia that has dual accreditation with both the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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Key Partners



Burnet Institute is an independent medical research institute and as with other medical research institutes in Victoria, receives competitive funding support for its research programs from many sources including the National Health and Medical Research Council, Medical Research Future Fund, Operational Infrastructure Support Scheme of the State Government of Victoria, Victorian Medical Research Accelerator Fund, as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, philanthropic support from the Australian community, and various national and international Trusts and Foundations.

Complaints or Feedback

Burnet Institute welcomes feedback from our stakeholders and uses this information to improve the quality of our work, improve efficiency and if necessary to take remedial action to address issues raised.

Burnet Institute takes all complaints seriously and will handle these in a timely and sensitive manner protecting the privacy of stakeholders.

Burnet Institute’s complaint-handling policy is available for download.

Complaints should be made by contacting Burnet Institute’s Head of Public Affairs by calling +61 3 9282 2111, emailing [email protected] or in writing to Head of Public Affairs, Burnet Institute, GPO Box 2284 Melbourne 3001.

Burnet Institute is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and should you feel your complaint has not been completely satisfied then you can contact ACFID at: Private Bag 3, Deakin, ACT, 2600 or by calling +61 2 6285 1816, or emailing [email protected]


Contact Details

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)