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

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A new strategy to build Australia’s robotics future

The Australian Government has published the first National Robotics Strategy to grow our robotics and automation ecosystem.
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Four new centres to help Australian businesses adopt AI

The Australian Government announced funding recipients for the $17 million AI Adopt Program.
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Australia continues commitment to safe and responsible AI through the Seoul Declaration

Australia took part in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Seoul Summit this week in South Korea. We commit to the Seoul Declaration and commit to cooperate internationally on AI safety…
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Critical tech funding to solve some of Australia’s most significant challenges

$36 million Critical Technologies Challenge Program (CTCP) invites solutions to market-led challenges in energy, medical, autonomous systems and resources. Applications close 2 July 2024…
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Charging Australia’s renewable future through the National Battery Strategy

The strategy outlines how Australia can leverage our advantages to build a successful domestic battery manufacturing industry and become a global leader in renewable energy. It also builds…

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

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