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 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?

An Aurora Australis observed from the International Space Station

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.

Dr Finkel sitting with his notes at the National Press Club. Credit: Mark Graham

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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The Mapping University Prerequisites in Australia paper, a joint report by the Office of the Chief Scientist and Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, analyses university mathematics and science prerequisites for domestic undergraduate courses in the disciplines of Architecture, Computer Science, Economics and Commerce, Education, Engineering, Health and Medical Science, and Science.

This rapid research brief analyses the factors that influence the risk of infection, the risk of severe disease requiring hospitalisation or intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and the risk of death

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This mapping exercise highlights Australia’s breadth of research capability in foundational and applied research related to bushfires across the national coordination initiatives.

The Office of the Chief Scientist has published a new Occasional Paper on Synthetic Biology, outlining what it is, what it can do, and some of the key issues currently under consideration.

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