The Prime Minister appointed Dr Alan Finkel to serve as Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technology in December 2020.
As Special Adviser, Dr Finkel will spearhead the Australian Government’s efforts to accelerate development and commercialisation of the next generation of low emissions technologies.
Dr Finkel will drive this work through his role as the Chair of the Technology Investment Advisory Council, and through building international relationships and partnerships to expand practical collaboration on Australia’s priority low emissions technologies.
Dr Finkel assumed the role in January 2021 at the end of his term as Australia’s Chief Scientist (2016-2020). As Chief Scientist, he was appointed Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience, and Chair of the Technology Investment Roadmap Ministerial Reference Group.
Dr Finkel led the development of the:
In October 2020, at the request of National Cabinet, he led a review of the systems and operations in all states and territories for effective COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and outbreak management, and to exchange case and outbreak management data between states and territories.