25 September 2023

New formula for Science Council

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A new council to advise the Government on policy matters relating to science and technology has been announced by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

The National Science and Technology Council is to take the place of the former Commonwealth Science Council as the peak advisory body to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on science and technology.

Announcing the measure, Prime Minister, Scott Morrison said the Council would focus on the key science and technology challenges facing Australia.

“The Council will identify research challenge projects and oversee horizon-scanning reports into long-term science and technology priorities, providing expert advice on issues such as health, emerging technologies and education,” Mr Morrison said.

“These changes will enable a stronger voice for science and technology in the national conversation, ensuring deeper engagement with Government and industry in the policy process.”

Mr Morrison said he would chair of the Council with the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews as Deputy Chair. Up to six scientific experts would be appointed.

He said Australia’s Chief Scientist, DR Alan Finkel would continue as Executive Officer and the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Larry Marshall, would join as an ex-officio member.

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