About us

Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) is an independent statutory board, tasked with providing strategic whole-of-government advice to the Australian Government on all science, research and innovation matters. ISA is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of a number of programs (through a number of subordinate committees).

In doing so, ISA helps to better coordinate the government's investment in innovation, science and research. ISA also has a strong role in stimulating public discussion and debate about innovation and science.

The Board is chaired by Mr Bill Ferris AC, and Australia’s Chief Scientist serves as Deputy Chair.

Bill Ferris AC

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Deputy Chair
Dr Alan Finkel AO

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The Australian Government has issued a Statement of Expectations to ISA that outlines its expectations for ISA. ISA has responded with its Statement of Intent.

The Board of Innovation and Science Australia has identified three strategic objectives for 2017/18:

  • Inform Australian Government policy on Australian innovation, science and research.
  • Oversee innovation programs to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of delivery.
  • Advocate and champion for Australia’s innovation, science and research system.

ISA's key tasks include conducting performance reviews of Australia's innovation and science system and developing a long term strategic plan for Australian innovation. ISA will publish its research and advice to promote public discussion, and will publicly advocate reforms on key innovation, science and research related issues.

ISA provides advice to the Australian Government, through the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, to the Innovation and Science Committee of Cabinet.

Board and Committees

The Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA) supports the Innovation and Science Australia board in performing its functions as set out in legislation and directions from the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

ISA undertakes some of its responsibilities by utilising a committee structure.

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