Govt launches new science advisory body


Friday, 30 November, 2018


Govt launches new science advisory body

The Australian Government has announced the launch of the National Science and Technology Council, set 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.

The council is set to focus on the key science and technology challenges facing Australia, with the goal of ensuring the government receives the best independent advice possible. It 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.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be Chair of the council with Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews acting as Deputy Chair, with up to six scientific experts to be appointed. Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO will continue as Executive Officer and CSIRO Chief Dr Larry Marshall will join as an ex officio member.

These changes are intended to enable a stronger voice for science and technology in the national conversation, ensuring deeper engagement with government and industry in the policy process.

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