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.

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Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has released a Trust in Science paper to outline the elements of quality science, to describe the systems that underpin and support quality science in Australia, and to discuss the important distinction between ‘integrity’ and ‘quality’.

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This report was commissioned by Australia’s National Science and Technology Council at the request of the Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP in February 2023.

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Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has released a paper that charts Australia’s success in quantum technologies, and highlights lessons for helping scale up other sectors, critical to shaping Australia’s industries over the next two decades. 

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The Chief Scientist’s 2021 Work Plan has been agreed by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

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What are the growth areas in domestic STEM skills to support jobs in the space industry, and how can these be addressed by the tertiary (university and relevant VET) sector?

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An Overview of Activities – Australia’s Chief Scientist: January 2016 – December 2020 has recently been released.

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The Finkel Files: Selected speeches from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, has been published online.

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This rapid research brief analyses whether COVID-19 had an impact on public sentiment in relation to privacy and the widespread use of data and technology by government in responding to the public health crisis, be it through tracing, compliance or enforcement.

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