“This science strategy represents a genuine and substantial effort to recognise and embed scientific knowledge into the processes, organisational culture, and ultimately the policy development and management of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,” said Chief Executive of Universities Australia, Belinda Robinson.
Ms Robinson said the strategy reflects the goal, championed by Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb among many others, to strengthen Australia’s capacity to provide sound, independent evidence-based advice to government.”
Recently Universities Australia joined with other peak bodies and organisations – including the Office of the Chief Scientist – in highlighting the importance of research across all disciplines in our universities, Government departments and research institutes,” Ms Robinson said.
“Embedding research into our culture, business and policy development processes, will enhance the well-being of all Australians and make us a more productive and prosperous nation.”
Ms Robinson said universities throughout Australia have enjoyed long-standing and close relationships with federal and state-based departments of agriculture as well as many other national bodies such as the CSIRO. Universities are encouraged by the possibility of expanding collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and other Government departments,” Ms Robinson said.
The strategy can be accessed at www.agriculture.gov.au/.