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Accessing services and equipment

The Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF) offers services to external researchers and commercial organisations, ranging from basic technical support to commercial research. Specialist staff are available to carry out work, or qualified users may apply to access equipment.

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

How to access services and equipment

Step 1: Contact us to discuss your project

Contact the relevant lab manager about your project to provide information about:

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

If you are unsure about who to contact, please contact the Central Analytical Research Facility office.

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.


Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF)

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