Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Department overview
Formed21 September 2015
Preceding Department
JurisdictionAustralian Government
Annual budget$5.7 million AUD (2018-19)[1]
Ministers responsible
Department executive

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is a department of the Australian Government responsible for consolidating the Government’s efforts to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness by bringing together industry, energy, resources and science.[2]

The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, presently Heather Smith; who reports to the Minister for Jobs and Innovation, presently Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon. Matt Canavan and the Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplace and Deregulation, the Hon. Craig Laundy. The ministers are assisted by the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Senator, the Hon. Zed Seselja.


Following the appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science was established on 21 September 2015, taking on the functions of the previous Department of Industry and Science.[3] On 20 December 2017, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science was placed in the newly formed Jobs and Innovation portfolio alongside the Department of Jobs and Small Business.


As outlined in the Administrative Arrangements Orders,[4] the department is responsible for a wide range of functions including:

  • Manufacturing and commerce including industry and market development
  • Industry innovation policy and technology diffusion
  • Construction industry, excluding workplace relations
  • Facilitation of the development of service industries generally
  • Trade marks, plant breeders’ rights and patents of inventions and designs
  • Anti-dumping
  • Civil space issues
  • Science policy
  • Energy policy


  1. ^ Reichart, Connie (8 May 2018). "Budget 2018: Government confirms AU$41m space agency". ZDNet. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ Department of Industry and Science, About us, Australian Government, retrieved 24 March 2015
  3. ^ Minute Paper for the Executive Council, Executive Council Meeting No. 21 (PDF), Federal Executive Council, 21 September 2015
  4. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order". Commonwealth of Australia. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.