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Who we are

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science drives Australian growth and job creation. We boost Australia’s competitiveness and facilitate economic transformation by backing business, science, innovation and investment. Our effort relies on building strong relationships between businesses, entrepreneurs, employees, the science community, government, regulators and international partners.

The department facilitates Australia’s economic transformation through investment, science and innovation. It supports businesses and employees as they manage market disruptions and seek new opportunities, including those presented by digital technology.

We support the scientific research, infrastructure and skills development that underpins new discoveries, better living standards and the social wellbeing of all Australians.

We promote the growth and transformation of internationally competitive industries by enabling business investment, collaboration and international engagement in growth sectors, as well as helping to overcome barriers to their success.

The department works with state and territory government counterparts, particularly through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council, to promote Australia’s globally competitive resources sector. The department supports best practices in the mining industry to develop Australia’s mineral and energy resources.

The department also coordinates the government’s agenda to unlock the potential of northern Australia and build on its strong primary industries, tourism and access to Asia. We are investing in critical infrastructure, facilitating private investment and developing more opportunities for a range of industries and communities to grow.

The department partners across government to assist employees and businesses in transitioning industries and regions.

Our footprint

The department employs approximately 2,500 staff of which around 1.3 per cent are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Our staff work in a variety of geographic locations across Australia, including capital cities and regional centres, and overseas.

This map highlights our national footprint.

A map of Australia that provides the breakdown of employees in each state and territory as well as the total of Internationally employed staff.

[Breakdown of data]

  • International - 5
  • Australian Capital Territory - 1809
  • New South Wales - 311
  • Northern Territory - 11
  • Queensland - 80
  • South Australia - 47
  • Tasmania - 23
  • Victoria - 274
  • Western Australia - 93