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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Separation of Science and the State

There’s been a concerted effort over the last few months to point out that science isn’t perfect. The National Party’s Federal Council has just endorsed a motion to establish a watchdog, a national scientific quality assurance agency –  a push led by federal MP George Christensen. Nationals Senator Matt Canavan previously backed the call by […]

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Science meets Parliament scholarships awarded

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has awarded six scholarships to attend this year’s Science meets Parliament event, adding to the rich diversity of STEM professionals connecting with Parliamentarians in Canberra this November. The following scholarships have been awarded: Regional STEM Scholarship Dr Razia Shaik, Research Officer, Charles Sturt University – Women in STEMM Australia Dr […]

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2018/19 a big year for Science & Technology Australia

We’ve summarised our achievements in 2018/19 in an infographic below to capture some of the highlights as we’ve worked with our members to advocate for a thriving science and technology sector. We’re proud to support more than 80 member organisations to flourish; to share achievements in Australian STEM with a growing audience; to connect more […]

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STA appoints new Policy Committee members

Science & Technology Australia welcomes four new members and a special advisor to its STEM Sector Policy Committee. The newly elected members include Professor Adrian Barnett (Statistical Society of Australia), Dr Andrew Black (Stem Cells Australia), Dr Bek Christensen (Ecological Society of Australia), and Dr Kathleen Beyer (ARC Centre for Climate Extremes/Department of Planning, Industry […]

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Annual survey of scientists and technologists now open

Each year STA and Professionals Australia seek responses from scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians to gauge the health of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector, from the perspective of those who work in it. With the launch of this year’s annual employment survey, we are looking to collect important information on the conditions, fairness, equity and […]

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New science and technology leadership in opposition

Australia’s science and technology peak body has welcomed the new shadow ministry announced by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese over the weekend. President of Science & Technology Australia, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said the sector looked forward to working with Shadow Ministers across multiple portfolios relevant to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “We welcome the […]

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STEM Sector Policy Committee calls for applicants

*** APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COMMITTEE HAVE CLOSED *** Science & Technology Australia is seeking candidates to join our STEM Sector Policy Committee, to support the organisation’s policy and advocacy strategy and work. Terms are for two years, and members are required to participate in monthly Committee meetings and contribute to the formation of policy and […]

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Gratitude for Senator following departure from shadow ministry

As Senator the Hon Kim Carr today announced his decision not to renominate as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Science & Technology Australia thanked him for his years of service to the solutions sector. Serving as both Minister and Shadow Minister for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the Labor team for […]

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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 Federal Budget Analysis

Want to know what’s in store for science and technology after this week’s 2019/20 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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]