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Science in our department

The Australian 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

Our science centres and agencies

Our portfolio includes science organisations.

Science advisor

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

National Science and Technology Council

The National Science and Technology Council: provides strategic advice to the Prime Minister and other ministers on important science and technology issues facing Australia

Science policy coordination

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

  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Department of Health and Aged Care
  • 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 Institute of Marine Science
  • Australian Research Council
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Defence Science and Technology Group
  • National Health and Medical Research Council

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Last updated: 4 August 2022

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