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Health of Australian Science

Australian Government, Office of the Chief Scientist

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This report for the Australian Government seeks to respond to the question of whether Australia has the current and sustainable capacity to contribute its science, talents, knowledge and skills to the betterment of Australia and the world. 

The report focuses on mainly on the supply side—the schools and universities. The country profile is analysed in the context of emerging science areas and the increasing internationalisation of science. The entire natural and physical sciences, most engineering and technology fields, and many of the health and medical science fields have been included. The  project considered science education taught in secondary schools and universities, and scientific research undertaken across both university and government sectors.

The science team in the Office of the Chief Scientist embarked upon an eight month intensive research project. They examined the available data on teaching, on research and on international linkages, with the aim of building a comprehensive picture of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics): where Australia is strong, where there are vulnerabilities, what research links exist and their quality. The project team scoured data and statistics from Australia here and abroad and also conducted broad stakeholder consultations. This report is the culmination of their work. [Report]

This research informed the development of resources in AITSL’s Teacher Toolkit.