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

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

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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 […]

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Science meets Parliament – 2016 Wrap Up

The 16th annual Science meets Parliament took place on 1 and 2 March 2016. It brought 200 working scientists to Canberra for a two-day program of professional development and networking aimed at helping them better communicate their science to the media, policy makers and parliamentarians. Presentations by Leader of Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan […]

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Professional scientists remuneration survey – Report 2015

Professional Scientists Australia in conjunction with STA have released their 2015 survey results on remuneration for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workers in Australia. Their findings suggest that many STEM professionals are looking increasingly towards the international market for employment and that science-based organisations need to provide attractive recognition and reward strategies to ensure […]

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Women in the science research workforce report

The long awaited Women in the Science Research Workforce report is out and available in full for members. Outstanding women scientists are achieving at the highest levels, obtaining advanced scientific qualifications and taking key roles in the fields of science and technology. But across the board we all know that we are not making the most of the […]