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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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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STEM sector relieved to see Science Minister reinstated

Science & Technology Australia (STA) has congratulated the new Prime Minister for his appointment of the Hon Karen Andrews MP as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. President of STA, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said scientists and technologists breathed a sigh of relief following the decision over the weekend by the Hon Scott Morison and […]

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First cohort of STEM Ambassadors named

Science & Technology Australia has named its 10 inaugural STEM Ambassadors, who will work to build deeper understanding by federal parliamentarians of the impact of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Australia. CEO of STA, Kylie Walker, said these women and men from 10 different federal electorates had been matched with passionate parliamentarians who expressed […]

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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 […]