Australia's Chief Scientist's work plan

As Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Foley is focused on addressing important science and technology challenges and seizing significant opportunities for Australia, by delivering independent and timely advice to the Australian Government. She is dedicated to providing her scientific expertise and experience to improving Australia’s social and economic wellbeing. Her current areas of focus include: 

  • Leading a national conversation to support the refresh of the National Science and Research Priorities and the National Science Statement, intended to provide critical signals for attracting investment and skills into Australia’s research sector. 
  • Continuing to position Australia’s world-leading science and research capabilities through commissioning work into modernising research assessments and STEM career pathways
  • Undertaking a functional review of the National Science and Technology Council (the Council), to ensure the Council continues to provide high quality, targeted advice on emerging science and technology issues across the breadth of government.
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of science advice to government through appointments to important advisory bodies and boards, including: Industry Innovation and Science Australia, the Australian Universities Accord Ministerial Reference Group, the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group, the National Research Infrastructure Advisory Board, the Office of National Assessments Council, and the Climate Change Authority Board.
  • Strengthening Australia’s dialogue and cooperation with priority countries on research collaboration and skills for critical and emerging technologies. This includes co-chairing the QUAD Investors Network Center of Excellence on Quantum.
  • Mapping the Australian Government’s current and potential science and research engagement in the Pacific, to inform the government’s science and research priorities in the region.
  • Convening the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and Government Scientists Group to draw together the science community and share information about national issues and challenges related to science, technology and innovation.