The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science leads Australia’s whole-of-government science initiatives. It hosts the Office of Australia’s Chief Scientist, and acts as the primary coordinator of science policy issues across government portfolios.

The Industry portfolio includes the nation’s premier science agencies, including the CSIRO, and manages major national science infrastructure and projects such as the Square Kilometre Array.

Science awards and prizes

Science funding, programmes and initiatives

  • Inspiring Australia
    A national strategy to inspire Australia with our scientific achievements, and to encourage young Australians to study in scientific fields.
  • The Square Kilometre Array
    A next-generation telescope that will have 10 000 times the potential of existing telescopes. It will expand our knowledge of the universe and drive technological development worldwide.
  • Optical astronomy in Australia
    The government will be entering into a ten-year strategic partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
  • Cooperative Research Centres program
    Supports medium to long-term end user driven research collaborations to address major challenges facing Australia.
  • Entrepreneurs' Programme
    Offers easy to access practical support to Australian businesses in a simplified and streamlined way.
  • Research Infrastructure
    Responsibility for research infrastructure, including the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, rests with the Department of Education.

Office of the Chief Economist

The Office of the Chief Economist's primary goal is to produce objective, robust and high quality economic analysis to inform policy development across resources and energy, industry and innovation, skills and evaluation.

Industry Portfolio Regulation Reform

The portfolio is committed to a regulation reform agenda as a means of unlocking productivity and competitiveness gains for industry.

Portfolio science agencies, councils and committees

Science and research collaboration

Learn about how the department works to increase:

Publications, reports and studies

Public Sector Innovation

The Australian Public Service is committed to innovation in policy development, service delivery and information management. Initiatives include:

  • an online Innovation Toolkit – providing public servants with practical tools and advice
  • the Innovation Indicators Project - developing indicators to measure and report innovation performance.

Learn more about how we are improving public sector innovation.

Industry Innovation and Competitiveness

The Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda was announced on 14 October 2014. It focuses on providing the right economic incentives to enable businesses, big and small, to grow. It contains immediate reforms which will boost competitiveness and a range of proposals for public consultation.