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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.

  • Supporting the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.


Hon Donna Faragher MLC with Professor Mark CassidyWinners announced in 2015 Premier's Science Awards

On 20 August 2015, the outstanding efforts across Western Australia in science research and science engagement were celebrated during the 2015 Premier’s Science Awards ceremony.

The top honour was taken out by Professor Mark Cassidy, a highly distinguished civil engineer from The University of Western Australia and Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems.

Professor Cheryl Praeger, was announced as the 2015 inductee for her outstanding contributions to the field and her work encouraging the involvement of women in mathematics.

The ceremony was held at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

For further information please view the media statement and the 2015 Award winners page on this website.


National Science Week 2015 

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In 2015, National Science Week will run from 15-23 August 2015. As part of the celebrations hundreds of science events and activities will take place across the State.

The Perth Science Festival kicked off National Science Week in Western Australia at the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August 2015.

For further information view the media statement.

To find out what is happening near you visit News and media page on this website and the National Science Week website. 


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.




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