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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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. […]

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Indigenous Scholarship: Science meets Parliament 2018

— Please note applications for the 2018 scholarship have now closed — Science & Technology Australia is excited to offer two scholarships to STEM practitioners with an Indigenous background to attend Science meets Parliament in Canberra on 13-14 February next year. This is delivered in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the ARC Centre […]

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STA submission: Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability

Science & Technology Australia prepared this submission for the Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability, led by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It is the view of Science & Technology Australia, representing more than 68,000 STEM professionals, that the opportunities for this nation in the commercialisation of space are considerable. The sector as […]

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Cuts to key future-building research infrastructure

A Senate Committee’s recommendation to wind up the Education Investment Fund (EIF) will have tangible negative effects on Australia’s capacity for research. The peak body for science and technology has labeled the move shortsighted and potentially damaging to research at Australian universities. Kylie Walker, CEO of Science & Technology Australia (STA), said current funding for […]

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Decision-making on energy policy must be informed by evidence

The peak body for science and technology in Australia says that an evidence-based approach is imperative following the decision not to pursue the recommendations of Australia’s Chief Scientist to introduce a Clean Energy Target (CET). “The continued focus on meeting our emission reduction commitments is heartening, and we hope that the process of reaching these […]

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STA submission: Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme

STA convened an expert working group of representatives from our membership to prepare a submission for the Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme. The focus of our submission was to highlight the fast pace of research in gene technology, the need for better public understanding and education around this research, the value in benchmarking against other […]

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Worrying estimates predict big cuts to STEM at unis

According to an analysis by Universities Australia, cuts to universities could mean $405 million less for STEM degrees – around 35% of proposed $1.2 billion in cuts nation-wide. The estimated cuts across STEM disciplines over the next four years are predicted as follows: Speaking with the Australian, STA CEO Kylie Walker said there was a host […]

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Statement from the National Research and Innovation Alliance

This media release was distributed on behalf of the National Research and Innovation Alliance. Basic research and long-term funding focus welcomed by Australia’s research leaders The National Research and Innovation Alliance welcomes Labor’s science, innovation and research agenda outlined today by the Opposition Leader, the Hon Bill Shorten MP. The Opposition Leader laid out his […]

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Leading scientists flag concern for climate science

Science & Technology Australia urges the government to address a shortfall in climate scientists following the release of a Review of Climate Science Capability by the Australian Academy of Science today. Australia contributes significantly to the global effort to measure climate and weather, which has ramifications for Australia’s defence capability, primary production, risk mitigation, and […]

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When science meets policy, great things are possible

How do we ensure people who live in developing nations in Australia’s corner of the world can enjoy the same kind of continuous access to clean water and sanitation as most of Australia? What can we do to evaluate the positive economic benefits of excellent environmental management? Where would we like our science and technology […]

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STA searches for Policy and Projects Officer

Applications for this position have closed.   This new role presents an exciting opportunity to help shape the way in which the peak Australian science body influences and works with federal policy for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Science & Technology Australia represents more than 60,000 Australians who create and apply knowledge in every scientific […]

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Unzipping the role of gene technology in Australia

A panel of experts shared their vision for the future of gene technology with the public and key decision makers in Canberra this week. Presenting a public forum at the Shine Dome before a private session for Parliamentarians at Parliament House, the panel included: Dr Raj Bhula – Australian Gene Technology Regulator Dr Jeremy Brownlie […]

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STA submission: 2030 Strategic Plan

Science & Technology Australia (STA) were grateful for the opportunity to provide our perspective on the future of the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System. Read our Submission Innovation and Science Australia has been tasked with developing a Strategic Plan for the Australian innovation, science and research system out to 2030. This Plan will aim […]

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New structure for medical research grants welcome

Changes to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding program were announced today, and have received a warm welcome from the sector. In launching the changes, Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, said they would mean a more simplified process for grant applicants; see the awarding of longer term grants; and […]

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Infrastructure Roadmap provides strong vision

The Australian Government has released the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, which articulates the research infrastructure priorities that are aimed at strengthening the future of Australian research. The Roadmap focuses on nine areas: digital data and e-research platforms, platforms for humanities arts and social sciences, characterisation (techniques for understanding the properties of materials), advanced fabrication and […]