The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peakfunding body for medical research, with a budget of roughly 700 million dollars a year . The Council was established to develop and maintain health standards and is responsible for implementing the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 .
This body is a material agency and is incorporated under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. It was a part of the Department of Health and Ageing portfolio until mid-2007. It is now a self-governing statutory authority.
In 2010 the NHMRC's new online system for grant applications was the subject of criticism after a series of technical problems.