Policies and initiatives

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

Industry innovation and science

Administering and funding space programs

We're helping Australian businesses participate in the global space market.

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 SKA Fellowships Programme

The Australian SKA Fellowships Programme provides opportunities to contribute directly to the development of the SKA.

Australian Space Agency

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


We are working to realise the productivity and efficiency benefits afforded by blockchain technology.

Co-hosting the SKA telescope

The SKA is a global big-science project to build the world’s largest and most capable radio telescopes. Australia will host an SKA telescope in Western Australia.

Collaborating with China on science and research

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports strategic science, technology and innovation collaboration between Australia and China.

Collaborating with India on science and research

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund supports scientists in India and Australia to collaborate on leading-edge research.

Helping industry and businesses harness technology

We are supporting industries and businesses to develop and adopt secure digital technologies for Australia’s future.

Helping to build Australia’s SKA telescope

Find information and support for Australian businesses interested in supplying a world leading telescope in Western Australia.

Increasing international collaboration on science and research

The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to collaborate with international partners on science and research. This will help ensure Australia remains at the forefront of science and technology innovation.

Industry Growth Centres

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

Industry Innovation and Science Australia

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

Inspiring Australia’s science engagement

Inspiring Australia facilitates community-wide science engagement activities and administers grants and prizes.

Kimba community sponsorship program

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA) welcomes opportunities to sponsor an activity that supports our community engagement and provides tangible benefits to the Kimba community.

National Measurement Institute

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

Optical astronomy in Australia

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

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious awards for achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and science teaching.

Research and Development Tax Incentive

The Research and development (R&D) Tax Incentive is the government’s key mechanism to stimulate Australian industry’s investment in R&D.

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)

We’re increasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capability and engagement as part of the Australian Government’s science agenda.

Supporting Australia’s manufacturing industry

The Australian Government is committed to helping Australian manufacturers scale up, compete internationally and create jobs.

Venture capital

We encourage venture capital investment through the Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships and Venture Capital Limited Partnerships programs.


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 Commonwealth 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.

Supporting critical minerals projects in Australia

Government funding, information and tools are available to help companies progress major critical minerals projects in Australia.


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

AusIndustry: services for Australian businesses and industry

To support economic growth and job creation for all Australians by providing expertise, connections, incentives and grants.

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.

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

Human Centred Design (HCD) 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 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 partners with government agencies to achieve their policy objectives through designing and implementing grants programs.


Quickly create online forms and transaction services through our whole-of-government SmartForms licence.


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