We contribute to major policy and issue reviews through submissions and regular conversations with policy-makers and decision makers.

We also build connections between researchers, industry and government through events and opportunities.

Here you will find articles, reports and publications crafted to improve and enhance the work being done in the science and technology sectors in Australia.

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Cuts to key future-building research infrastructure

A Senate Committee’s recommendation to wind up the Education Investment Fund (EIF) will have tangible negative effects on Australia’s capacity for research. The peak body for science and technology has labeled the move shortsighted and potentially damaging to research at Australian universities. Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), said current funding for […]

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Decision-making on energy policy must be informed by evidence

The peak body for science and technology in Australia says that an evidence-based approach is imperative following the decision not to pursue the recommendations of Australia’s Chief Scientist to introduce a Clean Energy Target (CET). “The continued focus on meeting our emission reduction commitments is heartening, and we hope that the process of reaching these […]

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STA submission: Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme

STA convened an expert working group of representatives from our membership to prepare a submission for the Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme. The focus of our submission was to highlight the fast pace of research in gene technology, the need for better public understanding and education around this research, the value in benchmarking against other […]

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Worrying estimates predict big cuts to STEM at unis

According to an analysis by Universities Australia, cuts to universities could mean $405 million less for STEM degrees – around 35% of proposed $1.2 billion in cuts nation-wide. The estimated cuts across STEM disciplines over the next four years are predicted as follows: Speaking with the Australian, STA CEO Kylie Walker said there was a host […]

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Statement from the National Research and Innovation Alliance

This media release was distributed on behalf of the National Research and Innovation Alliance. Basic research and long-term funding focus welcomed by Australia’s research leaders The National Research and Innovation Alliance welcomes Labor’s science, innovation and research agenda outlined today by the Opposition Leader, the Hon Bill Shorten MP. The Opposition Leader laid out his […]

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Leading scientists flag concern for climate science

Science & Technology Australia urges the government to address a shortfall in climate scientists following the release of a Review of Climate Science Capability by the Australian Academy of Science today. Australia contributes significantly to the global effort to measure climate and weather, which has ramifications for Australia’s defence capability, primary production, risk mitigation, and […]

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When science meets policy, great things are possible

How do we ensure people who live in developing nations in Australia’s corner of the world can enjoy the same kind of continuous access to clean water and sanitation as most of Australia? What can we do to evaluate the positive economic benefits of excellent environmental management? Where would we like our science and technology […]

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STA searches for Policy and Projects Officer

Applications for this position have closed.   This new role presents an exciting opportunity to help shape the way in which the peak Australian science body influences and works with federal policy for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Science & Technology Australia represents more than 60,000 Australians who create and apply knowledge in every scientific […]

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Unzipping the role of gene technology in Australia

A panel of experts shared their vision for the future of gene technology with the public and key decision makers in Canberra this week. Presenting a public forum at the Shine Dome before a private session for Parliamentarians at Parliament House, the panel included: Dr Raj Bhula – Australian Gene Technology Regulator Dr Jeremy Brownlie […]

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STA submission: 2030 Strategic Plan

Science & Technology Australia (STA) were grateful for the opportunity to provide our perspective on the future of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System. Read our Submission Innovation and Science Australia has been tasked with developing a Strategic Plan for the Australian innovation, science and research system out to 2030. This Plan will aim […]

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New structure for medical research grants welcome

Changes to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding program were announced today, and have received a warm welcome from the sector. In launching the changes, Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, said they would mean a more simplified process for grant applicants; see the awarding of longer term grants; and […]

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Infrastructure Roadmap provides strong vision

The Australian Government has released the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, which articulates the research infrastructure priorities that are aimed at strengthening the future of Australian research. The Roadmap focuses on nine areas: digital data and e-research platforms, platforms for humanities arts and social sciences, characterisation (techniques for understanding the properties of materials), advanced fabrication and […]

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From the 2017/18 Federal Budget lockup

The 2017 Federal Budget holds few surprises for science and technology and has left the sector waiting for further announcements on major reviews and roadmaps, Science & Technology Australia said today. “We welcome strong new investment in researching and developing new advanced manufacturing technology, including a $20 million injection into the important Cooperative Research Centres […]

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Prominent Australians point to science as antidote for ‘alternative facts’

Australian celebrities and world-renowned scientists and technologists have signed an Open Letter to reinforce their support for, and the significant value of, science and technology. With ‘alternative facts’ on the rise and a growing disregard for evidence-based decision making internationally, these leading Australians have spoken out in defence of pursuing and using evidence to make […]

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Open Letter for Science

As Australian scientists and technologists and their champions, we write to express our strong support for our international colleagues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Collaboration with international counterparts, in all countries and from all backgrounds, is vital to the work of STEM. The common language of STEM serves as a bridge across cultural […]

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Science pervades Parliament on Day Two of SmP

If held end-to-end, the meetings organised today would have filled more than 24 hours, as 200 STEM professionals were matched with a Member of Parliament or Senator who shared an interest in their area of expertise today. Their meetings gave them the chance to pitch their work and celebrate the achievements of their sector. Among […]

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Politics meets space science

Space science and technology was on the political agenda today following the Parliamentary Friends of Science breakfast held in Canberra this morning. Presented by Science & Technology Australia in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science, the event was hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of Science group, co-convened by the Hon Richard Marles MP and the […]

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Travel ban could harm Australian Science & Technology

Science and Technology Australia (STA) has warned of the harm a travel ban would cause scientists and technologists around the world. The peak science body highlighted that Australian researchers benefit from international collaborations, including with scientists in the United States, and any obstacle could do serious damage to the progress of vital research. Kylie Walker, […]

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Peak science body welcomes new minister

Science & Technology Australia today welcomed the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO. STA also thanked outgoing Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, for his strong and enthusiastic engagement with the sector. “STA welcomes Minister Sinodinos to his new portfolio and we look forward to working with him […]

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Outlook good for science and tech

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has welcomed the steady approach to maintain investment in Australian research, innovation, science and technology following the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.  Funding for the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) has been maintained and significant support has been assigned to inspire girls and women to take up and stay […]

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STA welcome fresh government support for climate science

Science and Technology Australia has welcomed the Government’s announcement that CSIRO’s climate science capacity will be expanded. “Climate science is important, and Australia’s geographic position and capabilities mean it is uniquely positioned to make significant contributions to the world’s body of knowledge in this critical area,” said STA Chief Executive Kylie Walker. “We commend further investment in […]

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From the Federal Budget lockup

It is no surprise that there is little new for science in tonight’s Federal Budget. After the announcement of the $1.1 Billion National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) last December, it was unlikely additional measures would follow. Some measures include: $110.5 million to Geoscience Australia to produce geographic modeling of mineral, groundwater and petroleum resources […]

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CSIRO must do more to limit damage

Statement from STA CEO, Catriona Jackson As the peak representative group for scientists working across all disciplines and at all levels, we are concerned that the proposed changes at CSIRO have the potential to damage Australia’s international reputation as a good scientific citizen. Scientists across the nation are worried that the ongoing controversy over the […]