Chief Scientist on Social Media

Australia’s Chief Scientist provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation. Furthermore, the Chief Scientist is an advocate for Australian science internationally and focuses national thinking on science across the states and territories through the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists. An equally important part of the role of Australia’s Chief Scientist is to be a champion of science, research and the role of evidence in the community and in government. Finally, the Chief Scientist is a communicator of science to the general public, with the aim to promote understanding of, contribution to and enjoyment of science and evidence-based thinking.

We invite you to –like’ us on Facebookor –follow’ us on Twitter.

Why are we using Social Media?

The Chief Scientist is a communicator of science to the general public, and Facebook and Twitter provide a forum to engage with people interested in science, research and innovation.

The Facebook page and Twitter feedwill update you on speeches, events, and media releases related to Australia’sChief Scientist.

Will the Office of the Chief Scientist respond to tweets, replies or direct messages?

We may not respond to individual messages. We may reply to general themes. The Facebook page will only be monitored during business hours and we considerFacebookand Twitter conversations to be similar totelephone conversations, and not considered as correspondence (letters, faxes, emails, submissions et cetera). If you have an enquiry that you wish to be answered directly please email

Please be aware that Facebook and Twitter are public spaces on the internet.Interactions are publically viewable and searchable.

Social Media Disclaimer

When you use our social media pages, you are usingexternal sites and are therefore bound by the terms and conditions of use of those sites. We encourage you to review the legal policies of individual sites for further information. We do not endorse, and we are not accountable for, any views expressed by third parties.

The views expressed and information posted by any contributors to Australia’sChief Scientist’s social media pages are those of the individual sender. The Chief Scientist and Office of the Chief Scientist accept no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the views or information posted and disclaims all liability from those views that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance, on those views and information. The Office of the Chief Scientist recommends users seek appropriate professional advice prior to relying on, or entering into any commitment based on the views or information posted.

Unless acknowledged as being endorsed by the Chief Scientist or the Office of the Chief Scientist, views expressed are not those of the Chief Scientist or the Office. Further, information is subject to change and therefore the views expressed at a particular time cannot be taken to reflect current views.

Links from external social media sites to other sites are not endorsed by the Chief Scientst or the Office and the Chief Scientist and the Office are not accountable for the content on linked sites or your access to those sites via the links. The Chief Scientist and the Office of the Chief Scientist accept no responsibility for the information or content of sites that are accessed by links from the Chief Scientist’s social media site.

The Commonwealth of Australia, represented by The Department of Industry, Innovation andScience – Office of the Chief Scientist and the Chief Scientist excludes all liability to the extent permissible by law.

Privacy Statement

The Chief Scientist, the Office of the Chief Scientist, and the Department ofIndustry, Innovation andScience (the Department) are not responsible, liable for and do not endorse the privacy practices of Facebook, Twitteror any other linked websites. Your use of Facebook, Twitterand any linked websites is at your own risk.

The Department may record information postedonAustralia’s Chief Scientist’s Social Mediapages and use that information for the purpose of administeringFacebook and Twitter presences, for record keeping and for considering and/or addressing any comments made. No attempt will be made to further identify individualsexcept when requested and authorised by law.