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Office of Science

The Office of Science was established in 2013 as a stand-alone office within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, reflecting the importance of science and a science culture to the future development of the State.

The Office of Science plays a role in:

  • Providing a long-term strategic context for the delivery of research and development programs across Western Australia.
  • Supporting the coordination of research and development across Government Departments to enable efficiencies of scale and scope to be identified.
  • Facilitating linkages across Government agencies and between industry, research and academic organisations at local, national and international levels.
  • Encouraging and facilitating co-investment from the private sector, State and Commonwealth Government and other national funding bodies.
  • Supporting the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.

Science Statement sets WA's strategic direction  A Science Statement for Western Australia

The Premier and Minister for Science, Hon Colin Barnett MLA launched A Science Statement for Western Australia - Growing Western Australia at the inaugural Science on the Swan conference on 21 April 2015. 

The Statement outlines the State’s priorities for scientific research - mining and energy; medicine and health; agriculture and food; biodiversity and marine science; and radio astronomy. 

Mr Barnett said he hoped the Statement would increase awareness of Western Australia's scientific capabilities and the importance of science to the economic and social well-being of the community.  For more information view the media statement.

Accompanying the Statement are 'Snapshots' of significant activities that are currently underway across Western Australia.

For more information visit the Science Statement page on this website.

WA schools get a boost for their National Science Week celebrations

Nearly 30 schools in the State, from Bicton to Mount Magnet, are part of the group of 263 schools that have been successful in receiving grants of up to $500 for National Science Week.

This year a total of 468 schools across Australia applied for funding to run science activities ranging from expos to hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. PrimaryConnections made a generous contribution of $10,000 to the grant pool, and the Australian Science Teachers Association coordinated the grant round.

For more information on the successful grant recipients visit the National Science Week website.

Plain-speaking scientists hold the stage at national FameLab final

The British Council’s science communication programme culminated in a highly successful Australian final at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle last week, hosted by the ABC’s Robyn Williams. The winner of 2015 FameLab Australia, Dr Sandip Kamath from James Cook University, Townsville, will represent Australia at next month’s Cheltenham Science Festival on 2-7 June 2015.

FameLab helps young scientists develop the skills to perform, advocate and explain the powerful stories and discoveries coming from labs, research centres and museums across Australia. To last week's sell-out crowd, the scientists explained complex concepts such as how spiders are transforming into urban exploiters in city habitats, and how pumice from an underwater volcanic explosion in the Pacific can turn into an enormous floating raft for the most unexpected of hitchhikers.

The runner-up of the national final was Dr David Farmer from the Florey Institute (VIC), and the 'People’s Choice' winner, Ms Kiara Bruggeman from Australian National University (ACT).

For more on the winner and finalists visit the British Council's website.


Latest announcements and media statements are featured on the News and media page on this website.

  • Science on the Swan
  • Big week of activities for Big data
  • New blueprint for marine science launched by Premier
  • Strengthening relationships between research and industry
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