Vision for a Science Nation

Closed 31 Jul 2015

Opened 22 Jun 2015


The Australian Government is developing a comprehensive science policy that will be underpinned by a strategy for a science nation in which scientific thinking and applied science can be found in all sectors of our economy.

A paper from the Chief Scientist, released in September 2014, set out the case for concerted effort in STEM. It has received positive feedback from all sectors of the community. In April this year, the Commonwealth Science Council considered actions the Government could take to respond.

The consultation on STEM will be one very important component in delivering our plan to develop a nation in which science is not only valued for its intrinsic merit, but also for its practical applications.

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to test the Government’s response to the recommendations in the Chief Scientist’s report: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia's Future.

The Government has set in train activities and policies to improve our STEM performance and address the Chief Scientist 's recommendations. This paper highlights those activities and identifies additional actions that can be taken.

This is an opportunity for all Australians to have their say.

What Happens Next

Following the consultation process, the Department of Industry and Science will consider all feedback in drafting the Government response.

The Government response will be considered at the next meeting of the Commonwealth Science Council later this year.


  • Universities
  • Researchers
  • State government
  • Teachers
  • Educators
  • Industry
  • Small business
  • Students
  • Parents and the wider community


  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Research
  • Education