Industry, Innovation and Science
Australia's Chief Scientist provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation. They also hold the position of Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Science Council to identify challenges and opportunities for Australia that can be addressed, in part, through science. The Chief Scientist also holds a number of ex-officio roles at the discretion of the government and include the role of chair in the National Science, Technology and Research Committee, the Research Infrastructure Road mapping panel, and deputy chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Prime Minister

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    10

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    14 October 2014

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP 21 September 2015 Determined by the appointer
Deputy Chair Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO 24 January 2017 Determined by the appointer
Member Prof. Timothy Davis AC 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member Mr. Michael Chaney AO 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member Mr. Ken Boal 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
CEO/Executive Director/Managing Director Dr. Alan Finkel AO 25 January 2016 31 December 2018
Member Prof. Brian Schmidt AC 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member Prof. Tanya Monro 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member Ms. Catherine Livingstone AO 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member The Hon. Greg Hunt MP 19 July 2016 Determined by the appointer
Member Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham 21 September 2015 Determined by the appointer
Member Mr. David Knox 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member Prof. Nalini Joshi 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member Prof. Ian Frazer 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
Member Dr. Jackie Fairley 2 October 2014 2 October 2018
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