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The Australian Government has announced plans to refresh Australia’s Science and Research Priorities and our National Science Statement.

Australia’s Science and Research Priorities were last updated in 2015, while the National Science Statement was published in 2017.

Revitalising Australia’s science priorities and statement will help develop a national policy framework that embeds science into government decision making. It will better align efforts and investment in science to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for all Australians.

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, will lead a national conversation to develop the refreshed priorities and statement. She will be supported by a taskforce in our department. The work will include extensive consultation with science, research and industry stakeholders.

We will also run a public consultation process to ensure that all Australians have an opportunity to contribute. We will provide more information about the consultation process soon.

Read the terms of reference that outline the scope of this work.