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Australia to revitalise science priorities

The Australian Government is renewing Australia’s Science and Research Priorities and its National Science Statement.

Australia’s Science and Research Priorities were last updated in 2015, while the National Science Statement was published in 2017. The policy frameworks set the Government's direction and vision for Australian science and research. 

Australian Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic said we need to ensure Australia's priorities are up-to-date and relevant.

“The current priorities do not mention First Nations knowledge, do not properly acknowledge climate change and fail to adequately engage with emerging critical technologies, which are essential for national prosperity and our wellbeing," Minister Husic said. 

The work to revitalise Australia’s Science and Research Priorities and National Science Statement will include extensive consultation with science, research and industry stakeholders, as well as the public. 

States, territories and international partners will also be engaged during the evaluation.