Our Story


Our Story

ChemCentre is recognised as the State’s premier chemical science facility. 

ChemCentre provides chemical and forensic science services for a safe and prosperous Western Australia. We aim to provide an outstanding service to all our clients, stakeholders and the wider community.

ChemCentre has a long history, and traces its origins of protecting and supporting the community all the way back to the 1890s and the Western Australian gold rush.

With the passing of the Explosives Act 1895, the State Government appointed the first official Government Analyst, along with the Government Assayer. In 1933, these two offices were amalgamated and later incorporated in the then Mines Department, after being located at various times in Perth and Fremantle, the Government Chemical Laboratories was formed and located in East Perth in 1944. 

In 1950, the laboratory gained accreditation under the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)- and ChemCentre remains the longest continuously NATA registered laboratory in operation in Australia. 

In 1988 the organisation was renamed Chemistry Centre (WA) and its operations focus shifted to permit work for private clients as well as government agencies.
The Chemistry Centre (WA) Act 2007 established ChemCentre as a statutory authority, and in 2009 ChemCentre moved to its current purpose-built premises on the Curtin University campus, neighbouring CSIRO.

ChemCentre provides chemical and forensic science services for a safe and prosperous Western Australia. We are proud to continue the tradition of the State Government’s first chemists providing high quality scientific services to protect, support and develop the community.

Postal address

PO Box 1250

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801
e: enquiries@chemcentre.wa.gov.au

ABN : 40 991 885 705

Street address

Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar
Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

Reception: Level 2, South Wing, Building 500.

Deliveries: Ground floor - use Conlon Street entrance