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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources


The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources drives economic growth and job creation for all Australians. We boost Australia’s competitiveness and facilitate economic transformation by backing business, science, innovation and investment. We also deliver policies and programs to reduce emissions, increase renewable energy uptake and help Australia adapt to the changing climate. Our effort relies on building strong relationships between businesses, entrepreneurs, employees, the science community, government, regulators and international partners.

We are committed to a workplace culture that values the unique experiences, knowledge and abilities of people. We create inclusive environments that enable diverse thought to flourish and drive innovation and creativity. Inclusion plays an important throughout the department and all people are respected inclusive of cultural background, religion, gender, disability status, sexual orientation, age and socio-economic standing.

Some of the work we do includes:

Questacon

Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre and is a division of the department. It develops and presents world class interactive science learning experiences through its exhibitions and programs.

The Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency commenced operations on 1 July 2018 and is responsible for:

  • setting national policy and strategy for the civil space sector
  • leading international space engagement
  • supporting the growth of Australia’s space industry

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Capability (STEM)

Increasing STEM capability is a core component of the government’s science agenda. The global economy is changing which means new industries are emerging and new skills are required for workers at all levels. We are also committed to improving participation of women working in STEM professions.

Energy and Climate Change

Our Energy and Climate Change Divisions are responsible for delivering the government’s climate change policy and supports energy innovation such as hydrogen, offshore wind and electrical vehicles. We support the reliable, affordable and secure operations of Australia’s Energy Markets.

Corporate and Digital

Corporate and Digital Division provides a range of essential services and facilities to the Department and its Ministers, to support the delivery of departmental programs and objectives.

Business Services

AusIndustry – Support for Business Division delivers a range of industry and innovation programs. It also provides the core delivery mechanisms for the Single Business Service including governance, program design and best practice business.gov.au, the Contact Centre and AusIndustry State, Territory and Regional network.

Strategic Policy

The Strategic Policy Division supports the Government’s industry policy and competitiveness agenda by bringing together a portfolio view on key policy agendas of Government. We provide advice to the Minister and Government on industry and innovation, portfolio regulation reform, trade and international, digital economy, energy, competition, business taxation and finance, and the future of work agenda.

Economic Advice

The Analysis and Insights Division shapes industry policy and supports the Australian Government by providing rigorous, strategic and compelling analysis on industry, innovation, resources and energy policy. The division’s role is two-fold: it provides economic analysis and advice to support our Ministers and the department and it contributes to an informed public dialogue on economic matters under the banner of the Office of the Chief Economist.

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