Australia is large in area (7,682,300 sq km, roughly similar in size to the continental United States) and small in population (21.5 million in November 2008, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics). With a vibrant scientific community, Australia has 0.3% of the world's population and produces 2% of the world's research.1 This entry provides basic information on the major agencies and institutions most involved in Australian science, as well as Australian organizations benefiting science communicators.


The Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has responsibility for a portfolio that includes the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Questacon, and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). ...

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