Revitalising Australia’s vision for science and research

We’re refreshing our National Science and Research Priorities and National Science Statement.

Australia’s National Science and Research Priorities and National Science Statement shape a long-term vision for our nation’s science and research system. They:

  • reflect our strategic interests and national values
  • highlight our competitive and comparative advantages
  • help shape and align investment and funding decisions.

Refreshing our priorities and statement will provide a national policy framework that embeds science into government decision making. It will better align our efforts and investments in science to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for all Australians.

The refresh outcomes will replace Australia’s Science and Research Priorities 2015 and National Science Statement 2017


Our department supported Australia’s Chief Scientist to engage Australians in a national conversation to inform the government’s draft priorities.


  • Early 2023

    We consulted on refreshing the priorities in early 2023. Read the public submissions.

  • September 2023

    We published the draft National Science and Research Priorities. Your feedback will help shape the final form of Australia’s refreshed priorities and statement. Have your say before 29 September

  • Late 2023

    We will publish our long-term vision later this year. 

Australia’s Chief Scientist

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.

Terms of reference

Project terms

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