Policy and Advocacy

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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Australia’s research funding under the microscope

A more transparent research funding system; a streamlined grant application process; and a Research Future Fund are the priorities highlighted by peak body Science & Technology Australia in its submission to the Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research. CEO of STA, Kylie Walker, commended enduring investment in research through the Australian Research Council (ARC), the creation […]

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STEM qualified teachers will provide spark, but unis need investment to ignite Australia’s future

Science & Technology Australia welcomed the Government’s call today to improve Australian secondary students’ access to science- and maths-qualified teachers. CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), Ms Kylie Walker, said two decades of declines in high school maths and science results and enrolments were a significant risk to Australia’s future capability and prosperity. “Intermediate […]

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Science peak concerned with falling public investment in research

Science & Technology Australia (STA) today said it was concerned at the decline in public investment in science represented by the latest figures on Australian government expenditure on research and development (GOVERD). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, GOVERD decreased 2% in current price terms and 4% in chain volume terms between 2014-15 and […]

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STEM Sector Policy Committee calls for applicants

** APPLICATIONS TO JOIN THIS COMMITTEE HAVE CLOSED ** Science & Technology Australia are seeking candidates to join our STEM Sector Policy Committee, to support the organisation’s policy and advocacy work. Members will serve a term of two years, and are required to participate in monthly Committee meetings and contribute to the formation of policy […]

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Government responds to 2030 Plan

The government has responded to Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation, a report published by the Office of Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) in January this year. Of 30 recommendations made by ISA, the Government has stated its support for 17 and “in-principle” support for 10 more. Following its release, STA applauded the Report’s focus on […]

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Research Infrastructure Plan: a critical first step

The nation’s peak science and technology body welcomes the Australian government’s first step to secure the future of Australia’s research sector, acting on the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap published more than two years ago. CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), Kylie Walker, said the STEM sector would be pleased to see the government’s commitment […]

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STA welcomes Opposition focus on education and STEM skills

Science & Technology Australia has welcomed the Federal Opposition’s pledge to strengthen Australia’s future prosperity through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and increase the number of STEM skilled people within the Australian workforce. In his Federal Budget Reply Speech the Opposition Leader, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, said a Labor government would lift caps on commonwealth-supported university […]

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2018-19 Budget Analysis

Want to know what’s in store for science and technology after this week’s Federal Budget announcements? Here’s the break-down for science and technology. General funding (click to expand) STA is glad to see that the majority of science and technology funding bodies and research agencies have received a funding increase in line with the inflation […]

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STEM a winner in this year’s budget

Science and technology has been given a much-needed boost in the Federal Budget handed down today. The peak body for science, technology, engineering and mathematics – Science & Technology Australia (STA) – has welcomed the support at a time where science and technology is at a crossroads. Significant funding boosts for crucial scientific research infrastructure […]

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STA’s plans for the 2018/19 Federal Budget

Australia’s Federal Budget will be handed down next Tuesday (8 May), and STA will be on the ground to analyse the impact on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector. On Budget night we will share with you the government’s plans for the R&D Tax Incentive, any new investment in research infrastructure, any changes […]

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STEM leaders forge path to stronger Australian science and technology

Presidents, CEOs and other leaders of Australia’s most prominent science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) organisations gathered in Canberra to highlight the important role that science and technology will play in Australia’s future. They released the following statement: Collectively representing more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists through our membership and staff, we call for […]

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Unlocking the code to the brain: Australia can hold the key

The human brain is a complex system: the most sophisticated machine that science has ever encountered. For thousands of years, its workings have been locked in obscurity. Today, we are discovering just how much we have still to learn. Some of Australia’s leading experts in brain science and technology shared their work with Australia’s decision […]

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Promoting STEM is a necessity, not a fad

This piece was originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald in response to comments by the NSW Education Minister. The promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is more than a fad: it is a much-needed movement to encourage a well-rounded education that is essential to Australian students. The focus on STEM, resulting from a […]

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Deep concerns over Australia’s future if students’ maths and science performance not improved

The national peak body for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has warned that Australia’s future is at risk as performance declines amongst Australian maths and science students. Professor Emma Johnston, President of Science & Technology Australia, says that without a strong foundation for the next generation, Australia will find it harder and more expensive […]

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Australia’s 70,000 scientists and technologists welcome visionary Innovation Strategy

National peak body Science & Technology Australia (STA) has applauded the release of the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation report today. With five national imperatives and 30 recommendations for government, the 2030 Strategy represents an important step towards making Australia a clever country again. STA President Professor Emma Johnston said with science and mathematics results […]

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Government sharpens science focus in Cabinet

After calling publically for the Government to give science a seat at the cabinet table following the Ministerial reshuffle late last year, Science & Technology Australia is encouraged by the latest announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. At a press conference to announce a $60 million funding boost for the Great Barrier Reef, the PM […]

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STA calls for science to be properly recognised by government

Science & Technology Australia has been calling for science to have the recognition it deserves in the Australian Federal Cabinet, following its demotion to the assistant ministry yesterday. Our President, Professor Emma Johnston, spoke with ABC News Radio about the issue following a piece on ABC News Online:   “Putting that science, that fundamental research, […]

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Government publishes Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

As the Australian economy grows and the budget deficit shrinks, Science & Technology Australia is urging the government to invest more in Australia’s future prosperity through science and technology. Investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provide high returns, and funding work in these sectors would achieve better economic outcomes and aid in a […]

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STA submission: Digital Economy Strategy

Science & Technology Australia prepared a submission for the Digital Economy Strategy, which is being crafted by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The main aims of the Strategy are building on Australia’s competitive strengths, supporting the development of world leading digital businesses, and addressing the ‘digital divide’ in skills and confidence amongst Australians. […]