As part of the 2016/17 Budget, the Commonwealth Treasurer, The Honourable Scott Morrison MP last night tabled a detailed options paper and delayed higher ed reforms until 2018.
The Government has updated the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) initiative to encourage investment in early-stage innovative companies.
On 4 April Health Minister Sussan Ley unveiled a new board to advise the government on investing proceeds from the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel will lead an Expert Working Group that will set the direction of research infrastructure for the next decade.
The specialist working groups for the engagement and impact assessment measures to run with the 2018 Excellence for Research in Australia project have been announced.
Professors Nalini Joshi, Emma Johnston and Tanya Monro spoke at the National Press Club on 30 March about the role and future for women in science.
As we approach the July 2 federal poll, STA will again seek relevant election policy from all major parties. As an active member of STA, Professional Scientists Australia will report the results back to members asap.
CEO Chris Walton welcomed the detailed report saying Professionals Australia’s response will focus on the areas of skills and employability and what the STEM workforce should look like (Items 5 and 7 of Future Directions).
In May last year, ACOLA was commissioned to advise on how research can assist industry (the terms of reference are heavy on engagement) last year. The report has just been released and highlights the disconnect between research and industry.
As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, legislation has been introduced into Parliament (16 March 2016) to encourage venture capital investment.