Australia's Chief Scientist

Supporting innovation in Australia

With $70,000 at stake, the Challenge is set to ignite the imagination and creativity of more than just the usual suspects.

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, is one member of the distinguished judging panel and is anticipating a wide range of entries.

“Australia has a strong record of innovation, and it’s important that there are opportunities like this one to drive some of our best ideas to commercialisation,” Professor Chubb said.

There are several professional categories, including agriculture, environment, health, minerals and energy, manufacturing, ICT and education, as well as a Backyard Innovation prize open to the general public.

“Recognising innovation like this is critical in encouraging Australians to think big when it comes to finding solutions for the major challenges that Australia has to deal with,” Professor Chubb said.

“Things such as an ageing population, food and water security, energy sources and a changing climate,” he said.

“Just doing more of what we do now will not be the answer. As a country, we need innovation and ideas, and we need everyone to be thinking about how we can change.”

To find out about the Challenge, the categories and how to enter, visit:

The Challenge is sponsored by The Australian, Shell and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research. Entries close September 28.