An international collaborative project is underway to sequence the genome of narrow-leafed lupin. Our major focus is to decipher as much of the gene space sequence as possible and to use this valuable sequence information to greatly accelerate marker discovery and identification of candidate genes of interest for lupin crop improvement. The lupin genome sequencing project was made possible by funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). In 2010, a research consortium was formed by experts in various disciplines from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Proteomics International. The consortium is further strengthened by both national and international advisory groups that bring a wealth of additional relevant experience with eukaryotic genome sequencing and legume genomics.