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Celebrating 100 years of Commonwealth science

16 March 2016

Joint media release with the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP,  and the Assistant Minister for Science, Hon Karen Andrews MP

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the Assistant Minister for Science, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, have today marked 100 years of involvement by the Commonwealth Government in Australian science.

“It has been a century since former Prime Minister Billy Hughes established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry, the institution that ultimately evolved into what we know today as the CSIRO,” Mr Pyne said.

“CSIRO is our national science agency. It has advanced Australia with a range of inventions, innovations and knowledge breakthroughs that have changed and improved the lives of people here and around the world.

“The Government is continuing to support CSIRO and other research organisations through the recently announced National Innovation and Science Agenda, where the commercialisation of research will be the focus through an early stage innovation fund and an expanded Accelerator Program.”

The $200 million CSIRO early‑stage innovation fund will support co-investment in startup companies’ products and services created by Australian research institutions.

The fund will comprise $70 million in new government funding, as well as private sector investment and new revenue from CSIRO’s WLAN (Wi-Fi) programme.

Mrs Andrews congratulated CSIRO on its continued work in the scientific and research sectors, which has earned it a stellar reputation throughout Australia and the world.

“As CSIRO celebrates 100 years, we also recognise the many scientific and research institutions around Australia who have also evolved with Commonwealth Government support,” Mrs Andrews said.

“This year will be highlighted by events and activities held at many scientific and research institutions around the country, including National Science Week in August, which brings together the next generation of scientists and engineers through school-based activities.

“Australia has a strong scientific and research community, which the government has helped build over the course of 100 years, and I look forward to celebrating its many achievements.”

Media contacts:

Mr Pyne’s media: 02 6277 7070 pynemedia@industry.gov.au Mrs Andrews' media: 02 6277 4360Department media: media@industry.gov.au