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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.

National Science Week 2015 

600x450px_PSF image.jpgIn 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 will kick off National Science Week in Western Australia at the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August 2015.

Running for the 3rd year this two-day event has markets, stalls, talks, hands-on sessions and everything in between.

For further information and to find out what is happening near you visit the National Science Week website. 


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The Premier has announced the finalists in the 2015 Premier's Science Awards.

The 13 finalists across four categories represent a broad cross-section of research and engagement activities being undertaken in the State.

The winners will be announced at an Awards presentation ceremony on 20 August 2015.

For further information please view the media statement.

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Audio recording of Public Lecture by Professor Ian Chubb AC

“Building Momentum on STEM Policy”

Addressing the declining proportion of students and workforce participants in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an important issue for Australia.  It is a key opportunity, as highlighted in “A Science Statement for Western Australia”, if we are to continue building on our social and economic prosperity.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC discussed this issue at a free public lecture held in late June, for interested researchers, government agencies, companies and higher education institutions. 
The audio recording of the lecture is now available to play online or download.


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