Office of the Chief Scientist (Australia)
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The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) is part of Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). Its primary responsibilities are to support the Chief Scientist and the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC).
The Chief Scientist is responsible for advising the Government of Australia on scientific and technological issues.
- Coordination Committee on Science and Technology
- Prime Minister's Science Prizes Committee
- Cooperative Research Centres Committee
- Publicly Funded Research Agencies Committee
- Commonwealth, State and Territory Advisory Council on Innovation
- National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Committee 
- 1989–1992: Ralph Slatyer
- 1992–1996 : Michael Pitman
- November 1996 – 1999: John Stocker, part-time
- May 1999 – May 2005 : Robin Batterham, part-time
- 2006–2008: Jim Peacock, part-time
- 2008–2011: Penny Sackett, full-time.
- 2011 – present: Ian Chubb
Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council
Prior to 1997, the council was known as the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council (PMSEC), and had 15 meetings from 6 October 1989 to 10 December 1997. It was established by Ralph Slatyer, the first Chief Scientist.
The Chief Scientist holds the position of Executive Officer to the PMSEIC.
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As of 2011[update], the council membership was:
- Prime Minister Hon Julia Gillard (Chair)
- Deputy PM and Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan (Deputy Chair)
- Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
- Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
- Minister for the Environment and Heritage
- Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Minister for Health and Ageing
- Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
Ex officio members
- Chief Scientist, Ian Chubb
- President of the Australian Academy of Science, Dr Jim Peacock
- President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Dr John Zillman
- President of the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, Professor Deryck Schreuder
- President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, Professor Snow Barlow
- Chief Executive of CSIRO, Dr Geoff Garrett
- Chair of the Australian Research Council, Mr MA (Tim) Besley
- Chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Professor John Shine
- Business Council of Australia, represented by Mr Hutch Ranck
- President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr David Gray
- President of The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Dr Martin Cole
- Chair of the Industry R&D Board, Mr David Miles
- 2003 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science winner: Professor Jacques Miller
- Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Dr Roger Lough
Members appointed in a personal capacity
- Professor Fiona Stanley Director, TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
- Professor Peter Høj, Director, Australian Wine Research Institute
- Dr Deborah Rathjen, CEO and Managing Director, Bionomics Limited
- Dr Leanna Read, Managing Director, TGR Biosciences Ltd
- Professor Peter Dawkins, Director, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne
The council usually holds two meetings held each year, facilitated and advised by the OCS. In 2003, the council only met once. The OCS undertakes the establishment and support for the Council's ad hoc working groups.
The Council has in the past met to discuss:
- emerging areas of science
- important strategic interests where science plays a role
- growing technology based small and medium enterprises
- Malcom McIntosh (1945–2000), CSIRO Chief Executive
- Norman McCann (−2002), chairman and managing director in Australia and New Zealand for Hewlett-Packard
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