The department focuses scientific research in Australia, supports research infrastructure and international scientific collaboration, and increases Australians’ engagement in science.
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a true mega-science infrastructure project. It is a next-generation telescope that will have 10,000 times the potential of existing telescopes. It will expand our knowledge of the universe and drive technological development worldwide.
The Australian and New Zealand Governments have won the right to jointly host components of the array.
Learn more about how the department works to support research infrastructure.
Portfolio Research Agencies
- Portfolio research agencies
The department is responsible for a range of research agencies, including CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Marine Science
The Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) provides advice to government on scientific and technological developments. It consults with business, universities, state chief scientists and other stakeholders on Council projects and priorities.
Community engagement and education
Inspiring Australia is a national strategy to inspire Australia with our scientific achievements, and to encourage young Australians to study in scientific fields. The strategy includes:
The Public Awareness and Engagement program informs Australians about science and new technologies. It focuses on nanotechnologies and biotechnologies.
Collaboration within Australia and with other countries ensures that our scientists can:
- share knowledge and expertise
- have access to a range of world-class infrastructure
- work with businesses to help them gain a competitive edge
- play a lead role in addressing global challenges such as climate change.
Learn about how the department works to increase: