Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, is leading a national conversation on Science and Research Priorities, which is in its final stages.
The Review and renewal was initiated by the Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, last year to establish a “unified sense of purpose for our science and research communities to address our most pressing national challenges.”
Australia’s current priorities and the National Science Statement were published in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Both these policy frameworks, which set the Government’s direction and vision for Australian science, are being renewed.
The public consultation has officially closed today, but the opportunity to contribute is still available via AusBiotech. The work to revitalise Australia’s Science and Research Priorities and National Science Statement includes extensive consultation with science, research and industry stakeholders, as well as the public consultation.
The Review is taking into account other Government initiatives, such as the National Reconstruction Fund, and reflect Australia’s strategic interests and comparative advantages.
This work will also complement related reviews and initiatives, such as the review of women in STEM programs, strategies to support the quantum and robotics sectors, the review of the Australian Research Council and the development of a Universities Accord.