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Employment Opportunity with STA

Science and Technology Australia is looking for a person to join our team in Canberra. Program Assistant – Superstars of STEM (Part time) Our Superstars of STEM program is looking for a motivated and experienced Program Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate will be highly organised, demonstrate good judgement, be articulate and a […]


Nominations open for STA Executive Committee

If you’re passionate about STEM and want to make a positive impact on our sector, we want to hear from you! Science & Technology Australia invites candidates for several positions on our Executive Committee. This is an exciting opportunity for outstanding candidates to make an active, thoughtful, skilled and principled contribution to STA. The following […]

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Joint opening statement to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Inquiry

Joint opening statement by Universities Australia, Science & Technology Australia and the Australian Academy of Science to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Inquiry into identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef. I would like to […]


STA signs on to APEC principles to support women in STEM

Building on our longstanding commitment to support women in STEM, Science & Technology Australia has formally signed on to the APEC Women in STEM Principles. And our Chief Executive Officer addressed an APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology & Innovation forum overnight on the impact of COVID-19 on equity, diversity and inclusion. The APEC Women […]


Nominations now open for STA Board

Are you a STEM professional passionate about our sector, and keen to make a difference? Then we need you! Science & Technology Australia is seeking nominations for our Board. To nominate, you must be a member of an STA ordinary member (non-affiliate). You can find the full list of eligible organisations here. We seek outstanding candidates […]


STA submission to the Jobs-ready Graduates Package draft legislation

Science & Technology Australia recently made a submission to the Jobs-ready Graduates Package Draft Legislation. To improve the proposed legislation STA is making the following recommendations:  the Government amend the legislation and maintain the current total base funding to universities per student place in STEM degrees. This would avert financial incentives in the legislation for […]

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The STEM experts guiding Australia’s Covid-19 success give behind-the-scenes insights for National Science Week

For the official launch of National Science Week 2020, leading STEM experts who have contributed to Australia’s Covid-19 successes will reveal how expertise helped Australia to navigate the chaotic first months of the pandemic. National Science Week will forge ahead with a calendar of over 1,000 events nationally despite the continuing challenges of Covid-19. Science […]


Scientists sense community trust in science is on the rise – even as they face job losses and pay freezes amid COVID-19

Results of a nationwide survey of over 1,000 professional scientists and researchers shows COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the science workforce in Australia. In a first snapshot of the impact of the pandemic on scientists’ jobs and wages, a survey by Professional Scientists Australia and Science & Technology Australia found despite the frontline […]



Science & Technology Australia has today welcomed eminent stem cell researcher Megan Munsie to its influential STEM Sector Policy Committee. Professor Megan Munsie (representing Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research) will join returning members Dr Kathy Nicholson (the Australian Institute of Machine Learning) and Dr Pallave Dasari (Women in STEMM). Professor Munsie is also the Deputy […]



Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made gains in Australia’s STEM workforce in the decade to 2016, but further major efforts are needed to achieve equality. The 2020 Australia’s STEM Workforce Report reveals some progress in pursuing greater diversity in the science, technology, engineering and maths workforce, but confirms there is much more to […]


STEM Jobs At Risk Without A JobKeeper Lifeline For Unis

Jobs in the science, technology, engineering and maths workforce are now at greater risk as hundreds more job losses start to be announced at universities across the country. The peak body for the science and technology sector is asking the Australian Government to take a fresh look at the damage being inflicted by the pandemic […]


Praised as saviours, factories now facing R and D cuts

The manufacturing sector plead its case at a Senate inquiry on Monday against planned cuts to research and development tax incentives, saying such a cut would run counter to the Government’s promise to put it “front and centre” of economic recovery plans. But the Government says it remains committed to helping the sector transform and […]


Science and tech the key to economic recovery

This story was originally published by Stuart Kennedy in InnovationAus. Australia’s scientists and tech workers have a vital role in helping lead the country out of the socio-economic trauma caused by COVID-19, the woman in charge of our peak science and technology body says. Misha Schubert is the chief executive of Science and Technology Australia […]


Science led our COVID success; now it can rebuild our economy

Today’s reaffirmation that science will be core to Australia’s future economic growth, new industries and new jobs has been welcomed by the science and technology sector. In a speech to the National Press Club, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Australia’s success to contain COVID-19 was due to a strong bipartisan embrace of scientific expertise. Science […]


Uni students in STEM degrees to pay less

Most university students who choose science, technology, engineering and maths subjects in the future would pay less for their degrees under changes announced today by Education Minister Dan Tehan. The proposed changes would cut the cost to students by 62 per cent for a maths degree and 20 per cent for science, IT and engineering […]


Expert scientific evidence key to avert future megafires

Expert scientific evidence should guide every element of Australia’s bushfire prevention, mitigation and recovery efforts, the nation’s peak body for science and technology has urged. In a submission to the Senate inquiry on the devastating 2019-2020 bushfire season, Science & Technology Australia says the strong embrace by Governments of science evidence to stop COVID-19 should be […]

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Employment Opportunities with STA

Science and Technology Australia is looking for two people to join our team in Canberra. Applications are now open for: Superstars of STEM Program Manager (Full time) The Superstars of STEM Program Manager leads the development, implementation and growth of the national Superstars of STEM program. The role serves as the main point of contact […]


How to ‘Marie Kondo’ Your Writing | Webinar

Join us for this writing masterclass inspired by the queen of domestic decluttering. This session will teach the craft of writing well. Glean expert tips on how to declutter – and become a stronger and more persuasive author. You’ll come away with a clear set of insights to apply straight away in your member communications, […]

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Keep it Moving through COVID19

During the pandemic, more people have become sedentary as they work from home. Gyms, recreational centres and pools have been closed. This is particularly alarming given evidence from the Dallas Bedrest studies of the 1960s showed that just three weeks of inactivity had the equivalent effect of 30 years of ageing on the cardiovascular system. […]

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Pandemic risks wiping out hard-won gains by women in STEM

Hard won gains for women’s advancement in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce are now at risk of a major setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic hit, women were under-represented in STEM. Early evidence from during the shutdown suggests women in the STEM sector have suffered even greater job […]

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Engaging with Parliament in the time of COVID-19 | Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way do things. This includes our engagement with Members of Parliament – whether they are our local member or a Minister and Shadow Minister. Parliament is sitting rarely, while MPs are being flooded with calls from their local constituents looking for help to access relief payments and visa extensions. […]

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2020 Professional Scientist Remuneration Survey

Professionals Australia and Science & Technology Australia invite you to participate in the annual Professional Scientist Employment and Remuneration Survey. Through this survey, you will contribute to the most comprehensive benchmark report of scientist remuneration and employment conditions in Australia. The survey will also provide important insights into the unprecedented impact that COVID19 has had […]

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Bushfire disaster recovery continues through COVID-19

As the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, bushfire-ravaged parts of Australia are still recovering from summer blazes which destroyed lives and homes, and devastated our unique ecosystems and wildlife species. One of Science & Technology Australia’s member societies is leading crucial work to help our native ecosystems recover from the bushfire crisis. The Ecological […]


Science and tech sector backs call for greater sovereign capability

The peak body for Australia’s science and technology sectors has backed a call by Industry and Science Minister Karen Andrews for Australia to develop greater “sovereign capability” in manufacturing underpinned by strong local research and development. Science & Technology Australia President Associate Professor Jeremy Brownlie said the coronavirus pandemic had thrown into stark relief the […]


STA members offer data support for COVID-19 research

Australian leaders in high-performance computing (HPC) have come together to offer additional computation and data resources in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Accelerated Access Initiatives from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI Australia) will help research projects analyse, store and share data. Services available include high-performance computing on […]


Australia can’t afford to lose R&D investment in recovery

Keeping investment in research and development will be vital to reboot Australia’s economic growth and solution-generating research. In its submission to the Senate inquiry into the Research & Development Tax Incentive (RDTI), Science & Technology Australia (STA) called for any changes to the Research and Development Tax Incentive to be put straight back into the […]


STA member gathers volunteers for COVID-19 testing surge

The Australian Society for Microbiology put a call out this week for volunteers trained in microbiology to register to help with extra novel coronavirus testing if needed. ASM has created a database of scientists who may be able to assist with COVID-19 testing in hospitals or other diagnostics labs across Australia as they ramp up […]

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Leading through uncertainty – a webinar

STA is pleased to present an online workshop focusing on empowering your team to continue to deliver during times of uncertainty.  In this information session you’ll refresh your leadership communication toolkit and identify easy wins to keep your team focussed.  Culture is put to the test during times of uncertainty and with confident leadership, your […]


New science ambassadors aim to put science on national agenda

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has today announced 17 STEM Ambassadors who will work together with their local MP to help bridge the gap between science and government in Australia. These STEM Ambassadors represent 17 different electorates across Australia and have been matched with MPs from across the country and the political spectrum who have […]