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

Alexander Soeriyadi, CEO and co-founder of Lleaf standing in one of the company’s greenhouses

LLEAF is changing how we use sunlight to grow food

The startup is developing more efficient ways to harness sunlight thanks to our Research and Development Tax Incentive.
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National Artificial Intelligence Centre

National Artificial Intelligence Centre moves to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources

This follows a 2024-25 May Budget decision to move the centre from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).
Girls doing STEM activities

$2 million to fund hands-on STEM opportunities for young Australians

Community organisations and non-profits are encouraged to apply for the Maker Projects – Community STEM Engagement grants. Applications close 14 August 2024.
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$3.8 million in grants for Australia-India scientific collaboration

Five research projects will share the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Round 15 funding.
LAVO hydrogen battery, charging an electronic bike in the company’s office

LAVO’s hydrogen batteries are leading the renewable energy transition

The company is unlocking the full potential of renewables with support from the Research and Development Tax Incentive.

Meet our science advisor

Chief Scientist | Industry Innovation and Science Australia board deputy chair
Dr Foley is Australia’s Chief Scientist and has expertise in research, quantum physics, sensors, devices and systems, research translation, leadership, advisory and advocating the role of women in STEM.

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.

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