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Who we work with

We have been conducting project-based research for commercial and government clients of all sizes in Australia and overseas for 20 years.

We seek to create change towards a sustainable future by building capacity in organizations and individuals. This means that we actively aim to pass on our knowledge and skills to our clients through close collaboration.

We have many ongoing partnerships across a range of technical fields and can coordinate a specialist team to meet our client’s requirements.

We are small enough to offer our clients personalized service and large enough to offer a diversity of research skills.


Testimonials volunteered by ISF clients include the following:

Consultant who is flexible and pays close attention to details. 
Roshni Chand, Program Manager DRM Pacific, Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International

I found the Institute very good to work with and knowledgable in all matters concerning sustainability. 
Frank Klostermann, Manager Market Development and Engineering, Thiess Services Pty Ltd

I have at all times found ISF staff to be very organised, responsive and considerate to client needs. They have always taken professional responsibility for their projects and the quality of work has been consistently high. 
Mark Wolfsbauer, Policy Manager - WASH, AusAID

I have no hesitations in recommending ISF to others. If you commit to working together with them too, they'll deliver what you need (thoroughly and professionally) 
Elisa Idris, Sustainability Coordinator, Kogarah City Council

ISF "smashed it" by exceeding our expectations via great project management and delivering a highly valued final report.
Peter Hickey, Product Manager, EnergyAustralia

ISF delivered exactly what we needed, on time, within scope and budget. The staff are professional and incredibly easy to work with and I would engage them again in a heartbeat.
Nicola Dixon, Senior Land Services Officer, Greater Sydney Local Land Services

ISF has a high level of professionalism and commitment to strong engagement with clients, helping to ensure a full understanding of their requirements. This has been a key feature of what contributed to our project's success.
Toni Meek, Manager Community Engagement, Yarra Valley Water

ISF met our needs in the timeframe we needed and ISF was able to build a shared understanding of the issues to be faced.
Catherine Keirnan, Senior Policy Officer, ACT Government

ISF responded to Council's brief providing honest and realistic feedback on what was acheivable. More importantly ISF deliverd a project report to inform Council with evidence based research and recommendations that would provide for long term service improvements.
Cheryl Walker, Resource Recovery / Waste Management Officer, Leichhardt Council

ISF was able to very quickly take a project from conception to completion. Relatively speaking there was a minimum of red tape to deal with.
Stewart McLeod, Director Technical Services, Dubbo City Council

ISF was deeply invested in the success of our project. The staff were kind, helpful, professional and worked collaboratively with our partners to ensure that the project outputs were owned by all stakeholders.
Meghan Cooper, Research Coordinator, ACFID

It has been a pleasure to work with the research team, and I hope I have the opportunity to do so again in the future.
Jackie Campisi, Social Policy Officer, City of Sydney Council

It has been an enormous pleasure working with ISF.  I have, and will continue to recommend their services to anybody who needs help attempting to unravel a wicked problem. Thank you for your professionalism, fantastic attitude, friendliness and wealth of knowledge.
Kristy Moyle, Senior Strategic Land Services Officer - Climate Change Planning, South East Local Land Services

ISF have a respectful, clear and professional approach that built trust with our clients, respected the relationships we had already built with them and enabled their full participation in the project.
Kate Parsons, National Volunteer Programs Manager, Frontier Services

Once again ISF has provided Total Environment Centre with a high quality report representing excellent value for money that will enable us to push for better environmental outcomes in the National Electricity Market.
Mark Byrne, Energy Market Advocate, Total Environment Centre

Overall I'm very happy with the work done by UTS. It was very professional and to a high standard.
Chirayu Oza, Future Networks Engineer, United Energy

Professional consultancy service that draws on a team of experienced individuals to develop innovative approaches to new areas of research.
Mark Wigley, Project Development Manager, RDA Sydney

The ISF team really nailed their response to our brief. We had a feel for what we wanted to do but lacked the expertise (in scenario development) to map out the process in full. Their approach to the project just seemed to tick all the boxes and gave us real confidence that working with them we could deliver on the project objectives. Their approach was relaxed yet professional and they were a pleasure to faciltate alongside.
Peter Randall, A/Manager - Engagement and Social Research, Metro Water Directorate - NSW Dept of Primary Industries