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 STEM sector looks to the opportunities ahead

Science & Technology Australia (STA) extends its congratulations to the coalition on its re-election yesterday. We look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government to ensure a strong, stable and thriving STEM sector. The STEM sector was pleased that during the campaign the coalition acknowledged the importance of science […]

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Election 2019: Parties use science to set themselves apart

The major parties have laid out their science and technology platform for Australian voters, with clear differences in their approach and vision for empowering the solutions sector. Responding to a survey from peak body Science & Technology Australia (STA), the Coalition, the Labor Party and the Greens have all given clear answers to issues of […]

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STEM Ambassador provides catalyst for local science community

Designed to foster collaboration and connections between Australian STEM professionals and Federal Parliamentarians, the STEM Ambassador program has already catalysed some meaningful action. For example, the science and technology community in Melbourne’s electorate of Wills are mobilising to help inform policymaking in Canberra. Candice Raeburn is the STEM Ambassador in Wills, and she has been […]

2019-20 Budget Reply

Skills and climate science a focus for Budget Reply

Measures to support the future science- and technology-skilled workforce and a commitment to action on climate change were welcome highlights of the Opposition’s Budget Reply speech, but Science & Technology Australia lamented the lack of detail on investment in the nation’s knowledge economy. “Labor’s commitment to support access to universities by removing caps on undergraduate places would […]

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2019-20 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 for science and technology (click to expand) The 2019-20 Federal Budget has seen the first projected surplus in 12 years, with a predicted $7.1 billion surplus at the end of […]

2019-20 Budget

Back in the black, but vision for science veers off track

The national peak body for scientists has warned that the 2019/2020 Budget has missed the opportunity to invest in solution-making scientific and technological research and Australia’s world-class institutions and agencies that make it possible. President of Science & Technology Australia, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said the Federal Budget was a mixed result for Australia’s science […]

Solve it with Science

Australian decision-makers urged to solve it with science

Collectively representing more than 70,000 Australian scientists and technologists through our membership and staff, we call for science to be a priority platform for the major parties’ campaigns in the next federal election. Science and technology will shape our future and help us solve some of the greatest challenges we face. It will underpin the […]

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Strong and bold investment in critical Cardiovascular research

$220 million of new funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has been invested in crucial Australian Cardiovascular research. The announcement supports a Mission for Cardiovascular Health that has been developed by the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance (ACvA), which brings together the country’s major scientific societies in the field, including institutions, RACGP, industry and partners […]

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Sexual harassment a significant issue for STEM sector

A voluntary survey of Australian STEM professionals has found that half of all female respondents had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and respondents who identified as LGBTQI+ were more likely to have experienced sexual harassment at work. Conducted to inform a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces by the Australian Human Rights […]

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This climate red herring is old, and on the nose…

By Professor Emma Johnston AO, President of Science & Technology Australiaand Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia Professor Ian Plimer labelled the assertion that 97% of climate scientists agree humans are causing climate change as a ‘zombie statistic’ in the Australian this week – today we label his claim as a particularly pungent […]

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Sexual Harassment Inquiry – take our survey

THIS SURVEY HAS NOW CLOSED – READ ABOUT THE FINDINGS HERE Science & Technology Australia is calling on individuals and organisations in the STEM sector to provide perspectives on the issue of workplace sexual harassment. STA encourages our member organisations to take part, to provide a broad and representative view of sexual harassment in workplaces […]

Mid year economic and fiscal outlook

Calls for intelligent investment of projected surplus

The peak body for science and technology has again warned of research and development cuts, while welcoming a projected return to surplus announced by the government today. The sector is calling for intelligent investment to build a prosperous future for years to come, not just a favourable Budget outcome in 2019. The Mid Year Economic […]

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Uncertain future for R&D sector

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has echoed the concern of the university sector today, with projections warning of critically low research and development funding. With the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) due on Monday, STA CEO Ms Kylie Walker urged the government to outline a plan to significantly boost public investment in R&D. […]

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Quantum of Australia’s success high

Australia is brimming with potential according to leading experts in quantum science and technology, and the time to capitalise on this potential is now. Scientists, technologists, Parliamentarians, policy makers and senior members of the STEM sector met in Canberra for the Parliamentary Friends of Science this morning, with a focus on quantum technologies. Co-chaired by […]

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Relief as ARC funding announcements made

The announcement of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding for 2019 by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan MP, has been welcomed by the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors. Science & Technology Australia contacted the Minister this week to call for an end to the funding delay, which was threatening the ability for researchers to adequately […]

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Australians invited to contribute to Science & Diplomacy

Science, research and evidence are universal languages, relying on concepts that cross cultural, linguistic and geographical boundaries. Science diplomacy is a term that began to gain widespread acceptance in 2010 to acknowledge this, and it refers to the use of scientific collaboration to advance broader diplomatic and policy objectives such as addressing shared problems, building […]

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Funding Australia’s Research Inquiry makes sound recommendations

Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes a report published today following the Federal Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research. Following recent delays to Australian Research Council funding, and falling investment in research and development, it is heartening for the sector to have strong and reasoned suggestions for reversing these damaging trends. Following our submission in June, […]

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Science meets Parliament meets Canada

Reaching across the globe to enhance the impact of science and technology in decision- and policy-making, Science & Technology Australia (STA) has recently supported Canadian colleagues to establish our world-leading Science meets Parliament event in Ottawa. The inaugural event was held in early November, and saw 28 scientists and technologists from across Canada travel to […]

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Delays to ARC now worst on record

The research sector is experiencing the longest delay to Australian Research Council (ARC) funding announcements in history [1]. Leaders of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector – representing tens of thousands of STEM professionals from across Australia – are meeting in Melbourne today, and have collectively called for urgent action from government to address […]

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Science gender pay gap too wide and job insecurity persists: new report

The gender pay gap is more pronounced in science than the broader Australian workforce, and more than two-thirds of scientists believe cost-cutting is imperilling the nation’s capacity to stay internationally competitive, according to a new national report published today. Science & Technology Australia (STA) and Professionals Australia conducted its annual Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey […]

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Research and development investment drooping

As the nation gathers to celebrate Australia’s best and brightest scientists for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, Science & Technology Australia (STA) would like to remind the government that it takes more than accolades for great science – it takes strong investment. STA was concerned to see that with the release of the Science, […]

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Medical research investment returns big dividend

A report from the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) has highlighted the immense value of the nation’s medical research, finding that for every dollar spent on medical research, Australia enjoys a $3.90 return on investment. Importantly, the report also predicts that investment through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will see this return […]

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STA submission: Women in STEM Decadal Plan

STA appreciates the opportunity to provide input to inform the development of a long-term plan to support gender equity in STEM, which is a key priority for our organisation and for our sector. We hope that this decadal plan will provide the opportunity to make swift and meaningful progress towards gender equity, by building on […]