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Boosting innovation and science

Embracing innovation, technology and science is critical to powering our economy to provide jobs and high living standards for all Australians.

The National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) sets a focus on science, research and innovation as long-term drivers of economic prosperity, jobs and growth. The NISA complements a broader government investment in science, research and innovation.

National Innovation and Science Agenda report

Read the full agenda report to find out more about the policy and research underpinning the Agenda.

The Agenda focuses on four key pillars:

  • Taking the leap: backing Australian entrepreneurs by opening up new sources of finance, embracing risk, taking on innovative ideas, and making more of our public research.
  • Working together: increasing collaboration between industry and researchers to find solutions to real world problems and to create jobs and growth.
  • Best and brightest: developing and attracting world-class talent for the jobs of the future.
  • Leading by example: the Australian Government will lead by example; embracing innovation and agility in the way we do business.


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The Minister announced the NISA on 7 December 2015, committing $1.1 billion over 4 years to 24 measures.

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See also

Australia’s National Science Statement sets a long-term approach to achieving a strong science system.

Last updated: 7 March 2022

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