Commonwealth Science Council
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The Commonwealth Science Council provides strategic advice to government on science and technology issues and building stronger collaboration between scientists, researchers and industry.
The Council is Chaired by the Prime Minister, with the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science as Deputy Chair.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, is the Executive Officer.
Commonwealth Science Council
- The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister (Chair)
- Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science (Deputy Chair)
- Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training
- The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health
- Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist for Australia
- Mr Ken Boal, Vice President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand
- Mr Michael Chaney AO, Chairman, Wesfarmers Limited and Woodside Petroleum Limited
- Professor Timothy Davis, Head of Unit, School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Fremantle Hospital Unit, University of Western Australia
- Dr Jackie Fairley, CEO, Starpharma
- Professor Ian Frazer AC, CEO and Director of Research, Translational Research Institute, University of Queensland
- Professor Nalini Joshi, Mathematician, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney
- Mr David Knox, CSIRO Board Member
- Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Chancellor, University of Technology Sydney
- Professor Tanya Monro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), University of South Australia
- Professor Brian Schmidt AC, Vice Chancellor, Australian National University
Commonwealth Science Council Communiques:
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Alternatively, direct links to each communique are listed below.
Commonwealth Science Council: Fourth meeting communique
This meeting discussed the need for a National Science Statement, Australia’s STEM workforce, a need for STEM-specific teacher development programs, the progress of the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, and the need to identify emerging trends in science and technology.
Commonwealth Science Council: Third meeting communique
This meeting discussed a range of measures relating to the National Innovation and Science Agenda, as well as the outcomes of the Chief Scientist’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future report. The Prime Minister thanked outgoing Chief Scientists Professor Ian Chubb AC for his service.
Commonwealth Science Council: Second meeting communique
This meeting discussed government STEM policy, and the government’s science and research priorities. Members were updated on the progress of the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, ATSE research engagement metrics, the Review of the Australian Curriculum, and work on Commonwealth competitive research funding programmes. Members also discussed the Cooperative Research Centres Program and the research infrastructure review.
Commonwealth Science Council: First meeting communique
This meeting agreed to Terms of Reference for the Council and the new National Science, Technology and Research Committee. It noted two reports from the Office of the Chief Scientist, and discussed the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, Boosting Returns from Research discussion paper, and the Medical Research Future Fund.
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