Independent advisors, academies and science networks

Australia's Chief Scientist

Australia's Chief Scientist is Professor Ian Chubb AC. Professor Chubb provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation.

An important part of the role of Australia's Chief Scientist is to be a champion of science, research and the role of evidence in the community and in government and to advocate for Australian science internationally. 

Professor Chubb is a communicator of science to the general public, with the aim to promote understanding of, contribution to and enjoyment of science and evidence-based thinking.

View the website of Australia's Chief Scientist.

The National Adviser, Mathematics and Science Education and Industry

The National Adviser for Mathematics and Science Education and Industry, Dr Roslyn Prinsley, advises the Chief Scientist and promotes the role of STEM across education and industry. The National Adviser works with schools, employers, research and government to develop a strategic framework for Australia's STEM education.

View the Occasional Paper on the role of the National Mathematics and Science Education and Industry Adviser, or the website of Australia's Chief Scientist.

The Australian Academy of Science

The Academy champions Australian scientific excellence, promotes and disseminates scientific knowledge, and provides independent scientific advice for the benefit of Australia and the world.

View the Australian Academy of Science website.

Australian Academy of the Humanities

The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) advances knowledge of, and the pursuit of excellence in, the humanities in Australia for the benefit of the nation. 

Established by Royal Charter in 1969, the Academy is constituted by a body of almost 600 elected Fellows who are leaders and experts in the broad disciplinary groups which share a common and central concern with human behaviour and culture. 

The Academy acts as a national focal point to promote the value of the humanities and the diverse range of disciplines which constitute the humanities; provides independent expert advice to government and policymakers; encourages international research collaboration for humanities researchers; supports the next generation of humanities scholars; and encourages and disseminates excellent research in the humanities disciplines. The Academy also promotes the crucial role of the humanities in interdisciplinary collaboration, recognising that the key challenges and opportunities facing Australia in the twenty-first century are not merely technical or economic in nature, but are deeply embedded in our society and culture. 

View the Australian Academy of the Humanities website.

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) combines the strengths of the four Australian Learned Academies: Australian Academy of Science, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australian Academy of the Humanities and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

By providing a forum that brings together great minds, broad perspectives and knowledge, ACOLA is the nexus for true interdisciplinary cooperation to develop integrated problem solving and cutting edge thinking on key issues for the benefit of Australia.

ACOLA receives Australian Government funding from the Australian Research Council and the Department of Education.

View the ACOLA website.​

The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) promotes excellence in the social sciences in Australia and in their contribution to public policy. It coordinates the promotion of research, teaching and advice in the social sciences, promote national and international scholarly cooperation across disciplines and sectors, comment on national needs and priorities in the social sciences, and provide advice to government on issues of national importance.

Established in 1971, the academy is an independent, interdisciplinary body of elected Fellows. The Fellows are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements and exceptional contributions made to the social sciences across 18 disciplines.

View the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia website.

Science and Technology Australia

Science and Technology Australia (STA) is the peak group for the nation’s 68 000 scientists and those working in technology. STA’s mission is to bring together scientists, governments, industry and the broader community to advance the role, reputation and impact of science and technology in Australia.

View the STA website.

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) is an independent body of more than 800 Australian scientists and engineers seeking to enhance Australia’s prosperity through technological innovation. ATSE advocates for a future in which technological sciences and engineering and innovation contribute significantly to Australia’s social, economic and environmental wellbeing. 

Through engagement by their Fellows, the Academy provides robust, independent and trusted evidence-based advice on technological issues of national importance.  This is done via activities including policy submissions, workshops, symposia, conferences parliamentary briefings, international exchanges and visits and the publication of scientific and technical reports.

Australian Science Communicators

The Australian Science Communicators is a network of science and technology communication professionals across Australia and overseas. Members are united in their aim to make science accessible and ​include journalists, consultants, scientists, teachers and public affairs officers working for research organisations, laboratories and universities.

View the Australian Science Communicators website.(This website may not be available at present)

Australian Science Media Centre

The Australian Science Media Centre is an independent, not-for-profit service for the news media, giving journalists direct access to evidence-based science and expertise.

View the Australian Science Media Centre website.


RiAus is Australia’s national science channel, promoting public awareness and understanding of science. RiAus produces thought-provoking and entertaining events, broadcasts and publications as well as education and teacher support programs.

View the RiAus website.

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