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Inspiring industry to inspire Australia

20 Jun 2013

Joint release with the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Sharon Bird MP

BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Glaxo Smith Kline, Shell and the Queensland Seafood Industry Association all feature in a new publication designed to encourage businesses to promote the benefits of science and innovation.

Inspiring industry to inspire Australia highlights 15 industry initiatives that are fostering an appreciation of science in schools, communities and the workforce, and its potential to improve our world.

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Sharon Bird said it would contribute to how Australians perceive and value science.

"This report offers an insight into the breadth of projects already underway, and adds a human dimension to Australia's science story," Minister Bird said.

For several companies featured in the report, spreading the word about science has led to commercial opportunities that would not have otherwise arisen.

The Minister for Science and Research, Senator Don Farrell, said companies that invested in the promotion of science were setting a great example.

"There is clear evidence that science pays dividends for businesses," Senator Farrell said.

"It raises the profile of the company, boosts employee satisfaction, and forges relations with the local community. The companies and organisations featured in this publication are making a big contribution by taking science to the people."

The report was developed by Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) with funding from the Australian Government as part of its national science engagement strategy, Inspiring Australia. Minister Bird launched the report this morning at the CHASS National Forum.

The publication is available at

Media contacts: Minister Farrell's office 02 6277 7580
                          Minister Bird's office 02 6277 7370

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