The Government Scientists Group (GSG) was established in 2021 by Dr Cathy Foley, Australia's Chief Scientist. It brings together chief scientists or equivalents from 30 Australian Government departments, agencies and regulators with a science capability.

The GSG aims to build awareness of shared contributions to the national science agenda and to coordinate across agencies for better impact. The agencies, regulators and departments represented in the GSG undertake significant scientific and regulatory work to address complex national challenges and support critical government operations.

The primary purposes of the GSG are to:

  • increase accessibility to government science expertise
  • promote cooperation and collaboration between member organisations.

The GSG maximises the impact of Australian Government funding into the organisations by sharing best practice, optimising the use of each other's expertise and removing duplication. It meets formally 4 times a year.


  • Australian Antarctic Division
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Australian Space Agency
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • Climate Change Authority
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Defence Science and Technology Group
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
  • Department of Health and Aged Care's Health and Medical Research Office
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • Geoscience Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • IP Australia
  • National Measurement Institute
  • National Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority
  • Office of National Intelligence
  • Office of the Chief Scientist
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
  • Questacon
  • Sport Integrity Australia
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration

More information

The Office of the Chief Scientist has released a booklet to showcase the breadth and depth of scientific endeavour taking place across the Australian Government through the Government Scientists Group.

Download Government Scientists Group: Connecting government science and research capability [PDF 2.4MB]