Innovation and Science Australia

Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) is an independent statutory board, with responsibility for providing strategic whole-of-government advice to the Government on all science, research and innovation matters. The Board complements the Commonwealth Science Council, which advises the Government on high level science challenges facing Australia.

Legislation to establish Innovation and Science Australia as an independent statutory board received Royal Assent on 20 October 2016.

The Board is chaired by Mr Bill Ferris AC, and Australia’s Chief Scientist serves as Deputy Chair.

Bill Ferris AC

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Deputy Chair
Dr Alan Finkel AO

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Key deliverables of Innovation and Science Australia

Performance Review of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System

Innovation and Science Australia released the Performance Review of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System 2016 in February 2017. The Review examines the system's strengths and weaknesses and establishes a Performance Scorecard for tracking progress into the future.

2030 Strategic Plan

The Australian Government has asked Innovation and Science Australia to develop a 2030 Strategic Plan to help guide its investment in the Australian innovation, science and research system. The Strategic Plan will aim to contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of all Australians by ensuring that Australia reaches its innovation potential.

On 24 March 2017, Innovation and Science Australia released an Issues Paper for consultation. Public submissions closed on 7 June 2017. Innovation and Science Australia received over 100 submissions, which will be used to inform the development of the 2030 Strategic Plan. Public submissions will be published at the Consultation Hub.

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