Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

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Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Department overview
Formed 25 March 2013
Preceding Department
Dissolved 18 September 2013
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Employees 4188 (at April 2013)[1]
Annual budget A$9.384 billion (2011/12)
Department executive
Child agencies

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICSRTE) was a department of the Australian Government charged with further developing growth in Australian industries and advancements in science and research.[2]


The department was established on 25 March 2013, taking on functions of the previous Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.[3]

It was abolished less than six months later on 18 September 2013 by the newly elected Abbott Government.[4][5] Its functions were principally transferred to the Department of Industry; with its environmental functions transferred to the Department of the Environment.

Discussing the Department's lengthy name in 2014, former Secretary Don Russell told media:


The department was responsible for:[7]

  • Manufacturing and commerce including industry and market development
  • Industry innovation policy and technology diffusion
  • Promotion of industrial research and development, and commercialisation
  • Biotechnology, excluding gene technology regulation
  • Export services
  • Marketing, including export promotion, of manufactures and services
  • Investment promotion
  • Enterprise improvement
  • Construction industry
  • Small business policy and implementation
  • Business entry point management
  • Facilitation of the development of service industries generally
  • Bounties on the production of goods
  • Trade marks, plant breeders’ rights and patents of inventions and designs
  • Country of origin labelling
  • Weights and measures standards
  • Civil space issues
  • Analytical laboratory services
  • Science policy
  • Promotion of collaborative research in science and technology
  • Co-ordination of research policy
  • Commercialisation and utilisation of public sector research relating to portfolio programs and agencies
  • Research grants and fellowships
  • Information and communications technology industry development

The Department was made up of several divisions including Innovation, Manufacturing, Science & Research, Corporate, Industry & Small Business Policy, eBusiness and Questacon. The Enterprise Connect and AusIndustry divisions served as the program delivery arms of the Department.


  1. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13 (PDF), Australian Public Service Commission, p. 253, archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2013 
  2. ^ "DIISR - Our Organisation". Government of Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ CA 9415: Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 December 2013 
  4. ^ Towell, Noel (18 September 2013). "Three public service department heads sacked by Abbott government". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. 
  5. ^ Abbott, Tony (18 September 2013). "The Coalition will restore strong, stable and accountable government" (Press release). Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Russell, Don cited in Towell, Noel (28 March 2014). "Don Russell to tell all: casualty of public service purge unlikely to open old wounds". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Administrative Arrangement Order" (PDF). Government of Australia. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-04.