Science, technology and innovation

We support and invest in science, technology and innovation to drive skills, capability and industry growth.

Building capability and promoting science, technology and research

We lead the coordination of science policy across government portfolios, councils and committees. We support:

  • International collaboration on science and research
  • industry investment in innovation and digital technologies
  • gender equity initiatives
  • nationwide engagement with the sciences.

Technology

The Australian Government is backing critical and emerging technologies to strengthen Australia's future.

Industry innovation

We are boosting innovation in Australian businesses and building competitive industries.

International collaboration

We support Australian businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to collaborate with international partners on science and research.

Science engagement

We engage people nationwide to build awareness and develop capability and skills in science.

Space and astronomy

We are transforming Australia’s space and astronomy industries.

Women and girls in STEM

We are increasing representation of women and girls in STEM.

Strengthening Australia's science system

The Australian Government’s vision is for an Australian society engaged in and enriched by science.

We build a strong science system by:

  • engaging all Australians with science
  • building our capability and skills
  • producing new research, knowledge and technologies
  • ensuring that science improves social, economic, health and environmental outcomes.

Meet our science advisors and ambassadors

Chief Scientist | Industry Innovation and Science Australia board deputy chair
Women in STEM Ambassador | Australian Space Agency Advisory Board member

Latest news

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Startup Year: kickstarting the next generation of Australian entrepreneurs

Have your say on the development of the Startup Year program – a joint initiative between our department and the Department of Education. Consultations close 15 November 2022.
Jo White

New head of Questacon appointed

Sydney science and conservation leader Jo White has been appointed the Director of Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.
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Australian Government to revitalise our science priorities

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

Visit our science centres or learn more about science in our portfolio

Questacon

A specialist division of the department that promotes understanding and awareness of science and technology.

Industry Innovation and Science Australia

We are an independent statutory board of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and educators.

National Measurement Institute (NMI)

NMI is the peak Australian organisation, responsible for biological, chemical, legal, physical and trade measurement.

Australian Space Agency

We are transforming and growing a globally respected Australian space sector.

Australian SKA Office

We coordinate the Australian Government’s national and international involvement in the SKA project.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

ANSTO conducts research and development across nuclear science and technology activities.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

CSIRO supports industry needs through research activities.

Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia provides geoscience information, services and capability to government, industry and stakeholders.