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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.
  • Coordinating Western Australia's involvement in the Square Kilometre Array project.
  • Supporting the Premier as Minister for Science.
  • Supporting the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.


Science Statement sets WA's strategic direction  Click to open Science Statement in PDF

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.



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