The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education has dedicated science staff in four key posts: Washington DC, Brussels, New Delhi and Beijing.
Departmental staff at these posts promote Australia’s interests, gather essential data and information, keep the Department and Government abreast of developments, establish and maintain relationships with key officials and institutions and assist Australian scientists to establish productive partnerships with leading international institutions.
The Department's Minister-Counsellor (Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) in Washington represents Australian innovation, industry, science and research interests with the United States of America, promoting Australia’s capability and identifying opportunities for collaboration. The post also oversees portfolio interests with Canada and key Latin American countries as required.
The Department's Science and Research Counsellor at the Brussels post represents Australian science, research and innovation to the European Union (EU) and bilaterally with key member states such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom, promoting Australia’s capability and identifying opportunities for collaboration. In particular, one key responsibility is to promote Australia’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array. Brussels also represents Australia at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on science and innovation policy.
The Department’s Senior Advisor –Science and Technology in New Delhi represents Australian science, research and innovation interests to the Indian Government, assists with the implementation the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund and bilateral research activities, provides information and contacts for Australian researchers and promotes Australian science.
The Department's Senior Advisor (Science and Research) in Beijing represents Australian science, research and innovation interests to the People's Republic of China. The post assists with the implementation of bilateral research activities, including the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF), and promotes Australian science and research.