The National Science Statement sets a long‑term approach to science, providing guidance for government investment and decision making and clarity on strategic aims.
Natural, physical and life sciences, including medical and health sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology‑related disciplines.
This includes the full spectrum from basic to applied scientific research in both the public and private sectors, and the infrastructure, skills, institutions, knowledge and policies that make it possible.
engaging all Australians with science
building our scientific capability and skills
producing new research, knowledge and technologies
improving and enriching Australians' lives through science and research
supporting science by providing funding and other resources for the spectrum of basic to applied scientific research, critical scientific infrastructure and equipment, and science and mathematics education, directly investing in Australia's future
participating in science by producing, using and sharing research, data and information, operating scientific research infrastructure and engaging with science internationally
enabling science by setting institutional arrangements that shape the science system and its interactions with business and the community, including the translation of research into economic and other benefits.
The Commonwealth Science Council connects the leaders of our academic and business communities, including Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, to the Prime Minister and relevant senior ministers. It advises on the ways that science, research and innovation can contribute to productivity, health and wellbeing, setting priorities for research, and building the evidence base for future areas of science policy development.
Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) is an independent statutory body, chaired by Mr Bill Ferris AC, with the Chief Scientist as deputy chair. It has responsibility for providing strategic whole‑of‑government advice on all science, research and innovation matters. ISA has audited the innovation and science system, and this year is developing a 2030 Strategic Plan with recommendations for government.
The National Innovation and Science Agenda is delivering initiatives to support innovation and science, across the full spectrum of science education and engagement, research and research infrastructure, translation and commercialisation.
Innovation and Science Australia’s Performance Review of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System has provided a performance baseline ahead of the 2030 Strategic Plan for innovation, science and research, to be prepared in 2017 in consultation with the community.
The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap identifies national priority research infrastructure needs over the next 10 years.
The Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016–2021 and the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2016–2018 will guide decision making for disbursements under the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund, which will commence in 2017.
In partnership with states and territories, the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016–2026 is taking action to lift foundational skills in STEM learning areas, develop mathematical, scientific and technological literacy, and promote the development of the 21st century skills of problem solving, critical analysis and creative thinking.