Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Australia's Chief Scientist provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation. 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


  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Creation Date

    2 July 1989

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Finkel AO 1 January 2019 31 December 2020
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