National conversation to reset our science vision

A national conversation to guide the direction of Australia’s science priorities was launched at Burwood Girls High School in Sydney today.

Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic is encouraging all Australians to get involved in the discussion, to help identify priority areas that will deliver social, economic and environmental benefits for Australia.

“With our scientific knowledge constantly evolving and improving, a science system geared to our future is essential for our national prosperity and the well-being of the Australian people,” Minister Husic said.

“We want to hear the views of a wide range of Australians on the issues they are facing that require a solution drawing on the breadth of our science and research communities.”

Minister Husic has appointed Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley to lead the revitalisation of Australia’s science priorities.

“A discussion paper to guide the conversation has now been released, and Dr Foley is perfectly placed to engage people from across Australia over the coming months,” Minister Husic said.

“Investing in science is investing in our future. Engaging with Australians is key to refreshing Australia’s National Science and Research Priorities and our National Science Statement.”

Dr Foley said she wanted to see input from as wide a cross-section of the community as possible, including the research and business communities, people at the cutting edge of innovation and commercialisation and Indigenous Australians.

“This is about coming up with a set of priorities that will guide science in the years to come, ensuring we are all pulling in the same direction.

“We want to ensure we can tackle the big challenges – and that means supporting a strong and energetic research sector and a real sense of collective focus.”

An online portal will allow Australians to submit their views. Dr Foley will also conduct a series of roundtables with a broad cross section of the Australian community.

The first phase of engagement closes on 31 March 2023, with more opportunities becoming available in the months ahead. 

More information on Revitalising Australia’s vision for science is available at

Media contact: Minister Husic's office 02 6277 7070