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The government supports and invests in a wide array of science‑related activities.

Our department:

  • leads the coordination of science policy across government portfolios, councils and committees
  • administers science programs and manages projects
  • engages with science stakeholder groups and the community on Australia's science priorities, programs and initiatives

Our science policies, programs and projects

See the full list of activities and strategies in our Corporate Plan under Supporting science and commercialisation.

Our science centres and agencies

Our department is part of the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio which includes science organisations.

Science advisor

We host Australia’s Chief Scientist who provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation.

Councils and committees

We provide secretariat support to the:

Science policy coordination

We work with departments across the government on science-related issues and policy, including the:

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Department of Health
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, including the Office for Women

We coordinate with science agencies, including the:

  • Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences
  • Australian Research Council
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • National Health and Medical Research Council

Connect with us

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Last updated: 10 December 2019

Content ID: 45896