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

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Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Department overview
Formed14 December 2011[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved25 March 2013[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersCanberra
Employees4828 (at June 2012)[2]
Department executive

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education was an Australian government department that existed between December 2011 and March 2013.

Scope[edit]

Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the Department's annual reports and on the Department's website.

At its creation, the Department was responsible for the following:[3]

  • 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
  • Marketing of manufactures and services
  • Enterprise improvement
  • Construction industry
  • Small business policy and implementation
  • Business entry point management
  • Facilitation of the development of service industries generally
  • 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
  • Creation and development of research infrastructure
  • Commercialisation and utilisation of public sector research relating to portfolio programs and agencies
  • Research grants and fellowships
  • Information and communications technology industry development
  • Food industry policy
  • Training, including apprenticeships and training and assessment services
  • Support for introduction of a national occupation licensing system
  • Higher education, skills and vocational education policy and programs
  • Indigenous higher education and vocational training
  • Policy, coordination and support for international education
  • Income support policies and programs for students and apprentices

Structure[edit]

The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Evans (December 2011 to February 2013) and Chris Bowen (February 2014 to March 2013) and the Minister for Industry and Innovation and Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c CA 9382: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 23 March 2014
  2. ^ Main features, Australian Public Service Commission, 2012, archived from the original on 12 February 2014
  3. ^ Administrative Arrangements (PDF), National Archives of Australia, 14 December 2011, archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2014