The Centre was established under a Research Collaboration Agreement between Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology Development Center (QNLM) and CSIRO and is managed through a governance structure comprising a:
- Steering Committee (comprising an independent Chair and 2 representatives each from QNLM and CSIRO).
- Advisory Committee (comprising 6 independent science leaders and representatives of QNLM and CSIRO).
- Director, employed by or seconded to CSIRO.
- Research Leadership Team.