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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:

  • Supporting the Minister for Science, the Hon Dave Kelly MLA.
  • Supporting the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Science career remembered through WA Science Hall of Fame

Prof Klinken and Ann Ritchie web3.jpgThe life, work and achievements of Professor Ian Ritchie have been celebrated with his posthumous induction into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame.

Professor Ritchie's citation on the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame honour board, located in Scitech, was unveiled on 6 December 2016 with the assistance of Professor Peter Klinken FTSE, Chief Scientist of Western Australia.

Professor Klinken acknowledged Professor Ritchie's contribution to the State.

"Professor Ritchie was highly regarded by students and colleagues. He was an exceptional scientist with a passion for chemistry research, education and practical application," the Chief Scientist said.

"Through his work and advocacy this state now has the ChemCentre and the Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions."

Hall of Fame inductees represent exceptional examples of outstanding achievement in Western Australian science. For more information visit the WA Science Hall of Fame page on this website.

2016 Governor's School STEM Awards

Rosalie Web.jpgHer Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, announced the winners of the 2016 Governor's School STEM Awards at a ceremony held at Government House on Thursday, 24 November 2016.

The presentation ceremony was attended by representatives from the ten finalist schools, and leaders in education.

The Awards, now in their second year, recognise the support and commitment of school principals and leadership teams in developing their schools' science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs.

For more information visit the Governor's School STEM Awards page of this website.

WA Science Capability Directory

Critical to the work of the Office of Science are our stakeholders from across the priority and opportunity areas of the Science Statement for WA. Download the new WA Science Capability Directory - February 2017 to see who they are and how they can be contacted.


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