Office of the Chief Scientist (Australia)

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The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) is part of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Its primary responsibilities are to enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries. To help realise this vision, the Department has four key objectives: supporting science and commercialisation, growing business investment and improving business capability, streamlining regulation and building a high performance organisation.

Chief Scientist[edit]

The Chief Scientist is responsible for advising the Government of Australia on scientific and technological issues.

The Chief Scientist chairs the Research Quality Framework Development Advisory Group,[1] the National Research Priorities Standing Committee[2] and is a member of other key Government committees:[3]

Chief Scientists[edit]

Commonwealth Science Council[edit]

The Office of the Chief Scientist provides secretariat services to a science council chaired by the Prime Minister of Australia, with the Chief Scientist holding the position of executive officer on the council.

The current incarnation of the council is the Commonwealth Science Council, announced by Tony Abbott on 14 October 2014.[16] The council held its first meeting on 27 November 2014.[17]

History of Australian science councils[edit]

  • Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council (1989–1997)
  • Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (1997–2013)
  • Commonwealth Science Council (2014–present)

See also[edit]


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  6. ^ "Pitman, Michael George (1933–2000)". Bright Sparcs Biographical entry. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  7. ^ "Michael George Pitman 1933–2000". Australian Academy of Science Biographical memoirs. 2002. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  8. ^ a b W.J. Peacock (4 June 2004). "Submission to the Inquiry into the Office of the Chief Scientist". Australian Academy of Science. Archived from the original (RTF) on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  9. ^ "CSIRO welcomes Chief Scientist". 22 November 1996. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Batterham, Robin John (1941 – )". Bright Sparcs Biographical entry. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  11. ^ Barlow, Karen (17 May 2005). "Australia's Chief Scientist gives up Govt position for mining giant". ABC AM program. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  12. ^ Percy, Karen (1 March 2006). "New chief scientist makes waves". The World Today. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  13. ^ "ANU astronomer named new chief scientist". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  14. ^ "Statement: A message from Professor Chubb". Office of the Chief Scientist. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  15. ^ "Biography,AUSTRALIA'S CHIEF SCIENTIST". Office of the Chief Scientist. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  16. ^ Lane, Bernard (15 October 2015). "New council is 'no substitute' for a dedicated science minister". The Australian. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Commonwealth Science Council: First Meeting". Office of the Chief Scientist. Australian Government. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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