Science, technology and innovation

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

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 in science
  • building our capability and skills
  • producing new research, knowledge and technologies
  • ensuring that science improves Australia’s social, economic, health and environmental outcomes.

Pathway to diversity in STEM

The Diversity in STEM Review aimed to find ways to improve diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Revitalising Australia's vision for science and research

We're refreshing our national science policy frameworks. Learn more about our work to revitalise our National Science and Research Priorities and National Science Statement

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.

Science engagement

We engage people nationwide to build awareness and develop capability and skills in science through our Inspiring Australia initiative.

Women and girls in STEM

We are increasing representation of women and girls in STEM.

International collaboration

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

Space and astronomy

We are transforming Australia’s space and astronomy industries.

Latest news

Vanessa Waddell and a colleague in the PolyActiva laboratory.

PolyActiva is changing how we look at eye biotech

The company is developing new ocular technology with support from our Biomedical Translation Fund and Brandon Capital.
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Funding for solutions using renewables and low emissions

$7.5 million in BRII grants to boost small business innovation. Applications close 3 April 2024.
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New expert group will help guide the future of safe and responsible AI in Australia

The temporary group is part of the Australian Government’s interim response to the safe and responsible AI consultation.
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Success stories for quantum in Australia

From quantum computing capital raises to quantum tech in space, here’s a round up of achievements from quantum leaders.
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Towards a global quantum ecosystem

Australia and other countries have been progressing the global quantum ecosystem as part of the Multilateral Dialogue on Quantum (MDQ).

Visit science centres and agencies 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.

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