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We take the lead on national policies and initiatives that grow the Australian economy and improve our industries’ capabilities.

Emissions reduction

Australia’s climate change strategies

We manage and deliver policies and programs to help Australia respond to climate change.

Industry innovation and science

Artificial intelligence

We are committed to creating an environment where artificial intelligence (AI) helps the Australian economy and society thrive.

Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency is responsible for managing the nation’s radioactive waste. We are establishing the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency is working to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry.

Boosting innovation and science

The National Innovation and Science Agenda focuses on science, research and innovation as a long-term driver of economic prosperity, jobs and growth.

Co-hosting the Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a global big-science project to build the world’s largest and most capable radio telescope.

Increasing international collaboration

The Global Innovation Strategy is a whole-of-government approach to increasing Australia's international innovation and science connections.

Industry Growth Centres

Through an industry-led process the Industry Growth Centres Initiative aims to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

Industry Innovation and Science Australia

We advise the Australian Government about innovation, research and science matters.

National Measurement Institute

The National Measurement Institute maintains Australia’s measurement system, national measurement standards, and delivers world-class measurement products and client services.

Optical astronomy in Australia

The government is supporting a 10-year strategic partnership with the European Southern Observatory and transforming the optical astronomy sector.

Participating in the digital economy

Economic and social activities that information and communication technologies deliver form the ‘digital economy’.

Promoting innovation precincts

We provide best-practice advice to drive successful development of innovation precincts, encourage collaboration and promote economic growth.

Science in our department

The government supports wide array of science related activities. Our department leads policy direction and coordination, manages projects and administers programs.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Increasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capability is at the core of the government’s science agenda.

Energy

Energy in our department

The government is taking action to deliver a reliable, secure and affordable energy system.

Growing Australia's hydrogen industry

We are enabling an environment for Australia’s hydrogen industry to grow and thrive.

Resources

Critical Minerals Facilitation Office

Through investment, funding, research and international partnerships, we’re expanding supply and creating demand for critical minerals in Australia and globally.

Investing in offshore petroleum exploration

The annual offshore petroleum acreage release attracts investment to explore Australian waters for oil and gas.

Supporting Australia’s resources sector

We develop policy, interventions and projects to support the sustainable development of Australia’s resources sector.

Northern Australia

Developing northern Australia

The Australian Government is growing a stronger northern Australian economy through a long-term agenda of investment and support. As part of the northern agenda we’re ensuring the north is an even more attractive place to live and do business.

Trade

Growing Australian industries through trade

We represent and advocate for industry and the resources sector in negotiating and implementing Free trade agreements (FTAs). We work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to develop, negotiate and implement Australia’s trade policy agenda.

Business support

Helping Australian small and family businesses thrive

We provide advice on small and family business policy issues and assist the Australian Government in helping small and family businesses grow and provide jobs for the community.

Patents accessibility review

We’re reviewing patent system accessibility for Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Simplifying business

The National Business Simplification Initiative (NBSI) focuses on helping businesses grow and create jobs, new products, and market opportunities.

Supporting Australia’s franchising sector

Our department works with Australia’s franchising sector to ensure franchising policy remains fit for purpose, and the sector operates efficiently. 

Measurement services

Chemical and biological measurement services

See our range of chemical and biological reference materials, chemical and gas proficiency testing services, and advice about how to deposit biological materials for patents. 

COVID-19 measurement services

The National Measurement Institute's chemical, biological and physical measurement services are now enabling manufacturers and laboratories to quickly and effectively meet the COVID-19 challenge.

Measurement publications

The National Measurement Institute sells a range of physical metrology publications. Visit our Shopify store to browse the full range.

Measurement training and assessment

The National Measurement Institute provide non-accredited training courses for biological, chemical, physical and legal metrology. We also offer nationally accredited assessment for verifiers and weighbridge operators.

Physical measurement services

The National Measurement Institute provide calibration and measurement services using the highest accuracy measurements available in Australia.

Testing and analytical services

The National Measurement Institute provide a diverse range of commercial analytical services in Australia.

Government to government services

APS Blockchain Network

The Australian Public Service (APS) Blockchain Network is a community of practice for blockchain enthusiasts who work in Australian government. All APS employees are welcome to join.

APS Engage: Public engagement and participation support

We help public servants engage with people to deliver better policy, programs and services. Our APS Engage team provides advice, coaching, training and resources.

Australian Business Licensing and Information Service

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service is a search tool for potential and existing business operators. It finds licencing and regulation information they need to meet Australian, state and local government obligations.

BizLab Academy

BizLab Academy teaches Human Centred Design principles and techniques to policy, program and service delivery providers across the Australian Public Service. Our training strengthens citizen-centric decision making, evidence-based policy and service delivery.

Business Registration Service

The Business Registration Service links together a range of existing government business registration services on business.gov.au to better streamline business registration. Government agencies can direct customers to this service or work with us to integrate with their existing business services.

Business.gov.au

business.gov.au provides key information about owning and operating a business in Australia. Government agencies can direct their customers to existing content on business.gov.au or contact the business.gov.au team to develop new content.

Grant design and delivery services

The Business Grants Hub works in partnership with government entities to design and implement streamlined grants programs for their customers.

To apply for grants see business.gov.au. For an overview of all government grants see grants.gov.au.

Public Sector Innovation Network

The Public Sector Innovation Network (PSIN) is an Australian government network helping public servants understand and apply innovation in their daily work.

SmartForms

We help government agencies create, deploy and manage interactive and dynamic HTML forms.

VANguard

VANguard assists Australian, state and local governments to deploy cost effective and secure authentication solutions.