Australia’s story begins with the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
Across an awe-inspiring timespan of more than 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have created knowledge as Australia’s first scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. The songlines of this country are intricate scientific knowledge systems. Deep STEM expertise is embedded in active management of country, farming, food production and medicine, deep knowledge of how to use fire in the landscape, engineering systems deployed in dams and fish traps, management of water resources, the development of technology in tools and aerodynamics, expertise in astronomy and navigation systems, and the design of sophisticated knowledge systems safeguarded through culture, leadership, authority and law.
As the peak body for the science and technology sector, Science & Technology Australia honours this long tradition. Our vision is for a reconciled and united Australia. A nation which faces the truth of our past with honesty and courage. A nation which works to rectify injustice and bring healing to those who live with pain and trauma, and a nation that stands together against racism and discrimination. And a nation which sees the inspiring first cultures of this land as a great source of pride for all Australians.
By: Lynnice Letty Church – Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi and Brendan Church – Barkindji
Each circle represents a unique community, and celebrates their diversity and individual qualities. Each community has many differences, but also a lot of qualities, and it is those differences in qualities that we embrace. The pathways recognise and celebrate these differences, leading to the centre of the circle – one heart, one vision, one people.