Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

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Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
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Department overview
Formed 3 December 2007[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 14 December 2011
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Annual budget A$9.384 billion (2011-12)[citation needed]
Department executives

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (also called DIISR) was a department of the Australian Government that existed between December 2007 and December 2011. The Department was charged with further developing growth in Australian industries and advancements in science and research.[2] Ministers with responsibility for the department included Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Nick Sherry, Minister for Small Business.[3]

The department was responsible for:[4]

  • 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.[citation needed] The Enterprise Connect and AusIndustry divisions served as the program delivery arms of the Department.[citation needed]

The department was headed by a Secretary, initially Mark Paterson, who was succeeded in June 2011 by Don Russell.[5]


  1. ^ CA 9186: The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 December 2013 
  2. ^ "DIISR - Our Organisation". Government of Australia. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Organisational Chart" (PDF). Government of Australia. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Administrative Arrangement Order" (PDF). Government of Australia. 3 December 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2007. 
  5. ^ Grattan, Michelle (2 June 2011). "For some, there's no getting away". The Age. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014.