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Accessing services and equipment

The Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) offers services to QUT staff and students, external researchers and commercial organisations, ranging from basic technical support to commercial research. Specialist staff are available to carry out analyses, or we can train you to use the instruments to do your own work.

  • Go to booking information for QUT staff and students (log in required)

How to access services and equipment

What level of access do you need?

I want CARF to perform analyses for me

Step 1: Contact us to discuss your project

Contact CARF to provide information about your project including:

  • the research or commercial problem you are trying to solve
  • the type of information you need
  • timeframes
  • whether you need results interpreted
  • what format in which you need the results.

You can email us directly at:

Step 2: Review our proposal

Once we've discussed your project, we'll send you a proposal outlining the:

  • feasibility of your project
  • best way to obtain the data you need
  • timeframe
  • costs.

Step 3: Sign a formal agreement

If you're satisfied with our proposal, we'll send you a formal quote outlining:

  • your requirements
  • the services we will deliver
  • the cost of our services.

Step 4: Check your results

Once the work is completed, we'll send you the results and any reports or interpretation you've requested. Check your results and contact us if you have any questions. QUT Finance will then send you an invoice for the agreed amount.

I want to use CARF to perform my own analyses

Step 1: Contact us

Email and request a kick-off meeting.

Step 2: Prepare

CARF staff will contact you to arrange a kick-off meeting with you and your supervisor. Prior to the meeting, you’ll need to complete the CARF Project Scope Form, Sample Declaration Form and both you and your supervisor should review and sign the CARF User Agreement, (NB – please download forms and fill them out in Adobe Reader or Acrobat). Please email these completed forms to CARF before your kick-off meeting. Before the kick-off meeting, it’s also a good idea to review CARF’s pricing schedule (QUT login required) so you understand any costs that may be associated with your use of the CARF labs.

Step 3: Attend the kick-off meeting

At the kick-off meeting, you and your supervisor will discuss your project with CARF’s expert staff. The CARF staff will provide advice on the best tools and techniques for your project, and by the end of the meeting you will have agreed on the scope of work you will be doing at CARF.
Some activities at CARF may incur a fee. Our staff will discuss this with you at the kick-off meeting and, if needed, will provide a quotation for services that you can review.

Note: Your supervisor or assistant supervisor must attend the kick-off meeting with you to ensure we get your project on the right track at CARF.

If you’re not a QUT staff member or student, after the kick-off meeting we’ll set you up with a visitor account.

Step 4: Register for orientation

After the kick-off meeting, you can register to attend a CARF orientation session. These sessions are held weekly on Thursdays.
You will also need to register in the CARF Booking System so you can book your instrument training sessions.

Step 5: Attend an orientation session

At the CARF orientation session, you will get an overview of CARF, safety information for working in the laboratories and a tour of the core labs.

After you’ve completed the CARF orientation session, you’ll receive swipe card access to the CARF labs. You can then book in for instrument training to start working at CARF.

Not a QUT staff member or student?

No problem – CARF is open to researchers from any organisation. After your kick-off meeting, we’ll set you up with a visitor account and swipe card for QUT. You will need to complete our three core online training modules (General Evacuation, HSE Induction and Lab Safety Awareness) and then you will be ready to continue to the CARF orientation session.


Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF)

  • Postal address:
    Central Analytical Research Facility
    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001