Science and Technology Australia

Science & Technology Australia was pleased to welcome members to Canberra last Friday for our AGM, including elections for a number of key positions on the STA Executive Committee. We are pleased to announce the following successful candidates:

 

President-elect                       Professor Emma Johnston               Professor Johnston will become President from November 2017)

Vice President                        Dr Jeremy Brownlie                         Outgoing Secretary, Dr Brownlie was elected by the Board against a strong field after Professor Johnston vacated the Vice President role

Secretary                                Dr Darren Saunders

Policy Chair                           Dr Cathy Foley                                             

ECR Representative Dr Alan Duffy                                                          

 

They join the following continuing members of the Executive Committee:

 

President                                Professor Jim Piper

Treasurer                               Stephen Horn

ECR Representative Dr Francine Marques

 

 

Robyn Porter has stepped down as Policy Chair. Jamie Vandenberg has stepped down as Ordinary Member. We farewell them and thank them for their service – their enthusiasm and commitment to STA have been invaluable.

 

The outstanding calibre of candidates and the broad interest in running for these positions speaks highly of STA’s reputation and growing impact, and is a strong indication of our ongoing ability to advocate strongly on behalf of our members and the science and technology sectors more generally. We thank all those who ran for a position on the Executive Committee, and look forward to working with the new team.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Kylie Walker                                                                                       Professor Jim Piper

Chief Executive Officer                                                                     President

 

Science & Technology Australia

 

Pay up, morale down for scientists: national report (21 November 2016)

Job uncertainty, overwork and a loss of skills in the workplace are keeping the morale of Australian scientists low despite an average salary increase in the last 12 months, the 2016 national Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Survey has found.

 

The survey was conducted by Professional Scientists Australia in conjunction with Science & Technology Australia (STA). It shows that in the past year, average remuneration for scientists has increased by 2.4 per cent, outperforming both the Consumer Price Index and general wages growth. However, the gender pay gap persists: women scientists’ average salary packages is 83% of men’s.

 

“The increase in average wages for scientists underlies the value that they deliver every day to Australia, both in the private sector and in the public research sector, but it is obviously disappointing that we continue to value the work of women scientists below the work of men,” said STA Chief Executive Kylie Walker.

 

More than one-third of respondents to the survey had received no pay increase in the previous year, and cost cutting paired with uncertainty of funding from year-to-year has created concern about the overall capability of research organisations to continue to do good work. Around one-third of respondents said they were considering leaving their current job, citing pay, lack of professional development opportunities, and lack of work-life balance as contributing factors. More than half of respondents said staff morale had declined in the past 12 months, and 61 per cent said worker fatigue had increased.

 

“Seven in 10 respondents said cost-cutting is impacting the science capability of their organisation, and around four in 10 said staffing levels are not keeping pace with the workload,” Ms Walker said.

 

“If Australia is serious about driving innovation, improving wellbeing and shifting towards an R&D-based economy, we must invest properly in science capability – education, specialised equipment and infrastructure, and properly remunerated professional scientists and technologists.

 

“Many highly skilled researchers see science as a vocation, and are passionate about their work, which is wonderful for Australia. We need to make sure they are supported to direct that passion and those high-level skills and knowledge to the best advantage for research and for Australia.”

 

STA is the peak group for the nation’s 68,000 scientists and those working in technology. STA’s mission is to bring together scientists, governments, industry and the broader community to advance the role, reputation and impact of science and technology in Australia.

 

The report is available at www.sta.org.au/2016-scientists-employment-and-remuneration-summary-report-summary

An infographic is attached to this email: media are welcome to reproduce it.

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Media comment:        STA CEO                      Kylie Walker   0405 229 152 

                                    STA President             Jim Piper         0417 250 163

21 November 2016 

 

 

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Science & Technology Australia – Budget Newsletter 3 May 2016

From the Federal Budget Lockup

It is no surprise that there is little new for science in tonight’s Federal Budget. After the announcement of the $1.1 Billion National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) last December, it was unlikely additional measures would follow.

Some measures include:

$110.5 million to Geoscience Australia to produce geographic modelling of mineral, groundwater and petroleum resources across South Australia and Northern Australia;
$15 million for a national carp control plan;
The Bureau of Meteorology will receive funding to maintain its supercomputer capabilities, with the total amount commercial-in-confidence;
The Great Barrier Reef Plan and Trust will get a $171 million boost, extending the program to make the reef more resilient;
$12 million for an extension of the Australian Astronomical Observatory, taking it out to 2019/20
(The CRC program is described as providing some of the savings to fund the AAO. The exact amount is not clear.)

Many members will be interested in the fate of the controversial higher education reforms of 2014/15 (full fee deregulation and a 20 per cent cut to funding per student place). The 20 per cent cut has remained in the assumptions that underlie the Budget. However, policy decisions have not been finalised on these and other significant higher education issues. Instead, the Government has issued a paper as part of the Budget. “Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education” canvasses a wide range of issues and options, with policy determinations to be finalised by year’s end.

There will be initiatives of interest to members buried in the detailed Portfolio Budget Statements for individual Federal Departments. Direct links to all of these documents are included.

As usual we welcome any input, hints and useful intelligence as we continue to dig through the documents in the coming days.

Regards, Catriona Jackson, STA CEO.

Top 5 Under 40 – Applications closing 8 May
UNSW and ABC Radio National have teamed up once again for the 2016 Top 5 under 40 – a national search to provide a voice to early-career researchers to communicate their science.

Early-career researchers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research under 40 are eligible to apply.  The 5 winners will undertake a two-week residency with RN in Sydney, learning and practicing media and communication skills.

If you or someone you know are eligible, you can find out more and apply here.  Applications close at midnight on 8 May, so get in soon.

Professor Emma Johnston Appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW
A warm congratulations to both Professor Johnston and UNSW on her appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research).

In addition to her career as a researcher, TV host and member of the STA Executive, Professor Johnston says she looks forward to the “further advancement of UNSW’s academic excellence, social engagement and global impact.” We wish her the best of luck in this new role.
Government Board Appointments
The Federal Government has announced appointments to several boards and committees as part of the National Science and Innovation Agenda (NISA). The appointments are as below, along with links to the full statements.

Innovation and Science Australia Board:

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist (Deputy Chair)
Ms Maile Carnegie, CEO Google Australia and New Zealand
Mr Scott Farquhar, Co-founder and CEO Atlassian
Mr Daniel Petre AO, Partner AirTree Ventures
Mr Paul Bassat, Co-founder Square Peg Capital and Co-founder SEEK
Dr Chris Roberts, Non-Executive Director ResMed
Dr Michele Allan, Chancellor Charles Sturt University (reappointed)
Expert Working Group to develop a National Research Infrastructure Roadmap:

Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist (Chairman)
Professor Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University
Dr Andrew Cuthbertson, Chief Scientific Office and R&D Director, CSL Limited
Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor and President, James Cook University
Ms Rosie Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, Australian National Fabrication Facility
Professor Suzanne Miller, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Queensland Museum Network
Dr Adi Paterson, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Professor Andy Pitman, Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Climate System Science
Senate Committee to measure value of university research:

Mr Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company Australia
Dr Shanny Dyer, Managing Director, Wavefront Biometric Technologies
Mr Ken Boal, Vice-President, Cisco Australia and New Zealand
Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson, University of Technology Sydney and Griffith University
Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of New South Wales
Ms Belinda Robinson, CEO, Universities Australia
Professor Scott Bowman, Vice-Chancellor and President, CQ University Australia
Professor Anne Kelso, CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Dr Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist
Professor Shearer West, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield
Budget links and information

BUDGET
www.budget.gov.au/
If access is slow due to high demand, the Budget papers will also be available via:
http://budget.australia.gov.au/
www.finance.gov.au
http://www.treasury.gov.au/Policy-Topics/BudgetingAndExpenditure

The Parliamentary Library issued ‘A guide to the Commonwealth Budget’.
http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1516/Quick_Guides/ComBudget

TREASURY/FINANCE/PUBLIC SERVICE
Treasurer Scott Morrison
http://sjm.ministers.treasury.gov.au/
Minister Matthias Cormann
http://www.financeminister.gov.au/
Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer
http://kmo.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/
Minister Alex Hawke

Biography

Treasury
http://www.treasury.gov.au/PublicationsAndMedia/Publications
Finance
http://www.finance.gov.au/

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen
http://www.chrisbowen.net/media-centre/media-releases.do
Shadow Minister Tony Burke
http://www.tonyburke.com.au/press_releases
Shadow Minister Jim Chalmers
http://www.jimchalmers.org/

PRIME MINISTER
http://www.pm.gov.au/media?field_media_type_value=All&field_start_date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&field_end_date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&=Apply
Mr Turnbull’s personal site.
http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media

Bill Shorten
http://www.billshorten.com.au/media_releases

AGRICULTURE/FORESTRY/FISHERIES
Minister Barnaby Joyce
http://www.maff.gov.au/Pages/Media-Releases.aspx
Minister Anne Ruston
http://assistant.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/default.aspx
Minister Keith Pitt
http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/pitt/Pages/default.aspx

Department
http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/media-centre

Shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon
http://www.joelfitzgibbon.com/media/

CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT
Minister Greg Hunt
http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2016/index.html
Minister Hunt’s personal website
http://www.greghunt.com.au/Media/MediaReleases.aspx

Department
http://www.environment.gov.au/about/media/dept-mr/index.html

Shadow Minister Mark Butler
http://markbutler.alp.org.au/news

COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA/ARTS
Minister Mitch Fifield
http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/mitch_fifield

COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA/ARTS/REGIONAL
Minister Fiona Nash
http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/fiona_nash

Department
http://www.communications.gov.au/news

Shadow Minister Jason Clare
http://www.jasonclare.com.au/media/portfolio-releases.html
Shadow Minister Mark Dreyfus
http://www.markdreyfus.com/

DEFENCE
Minister Marise Payne

Marise Media Releases Archive


Minister Dan Tehan

Dan Tehan Media Releases Archive


Minister Michael McCormack

Michael McCormack Media Releases Archive

Department
http://www.defence.gov.au/NewsMedia/

Shadow Minister David Feeney

Home


Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Gai Brodtmann
http://www.gaibrodtmann.com.au/newsroom
(Shadow Minister Stephen Conroy does not have a website)

DISABILITY
Minister Jane Prentice
http://janeprentice.dss.gov.au/media-releases

Department
https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/news-events
http://www.dss.gov.au/

Shadow Minister Jenny Macklin
http://www.jennymacklin.net.au/news

EDUCATION/VET
Ministers Simon Birmingham, Scott Ryan and Richard Colbeck
http://ministers.education.gov.au/
Minister Birmingham’s personal site.
http://www.senatorbirmingham.com.au/Media-Centre/Media-Releases
Minister Ryan’s personal site.
http://scottryan.com.au/
Minister Colbeck’s personal site
http://www.richardcolbeck.com.au/2016-media-releases

Department
http://education.gov.au/

Shadow Minister Kate Ellis
http://www.kateellis.com.au/media_releases
Shadow Minister Sharon Bird
http://www.sharonbird.com.au/mediarelease
Shadow Minister Amanda Rishworth
http://www.rishworth.com.au/news/portfolio-media-releases.html

EMPLOYMENT/INDUSTRY
Minister Michaelia Cash
http://ministers.employment.gov.au/

Department
http://employment.gov.au/

Shadow Minister Brendan O’Connor
http://www.brendanoconnor.com.au/News/Portfolio-News

ENERGY & RESOURCES
Minister Josh Frydenberg
http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/frydenberg/media_releases

Department
http://www.industry.gov.au/AboutUs/Media/Pages/default.aspx

Shadow Minister Gary Gray
http://www.garygray.com.au

FOREIGN/AID
Minister Julie Bishop
http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/
Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/fierravanti-wells/Pages/default.aspx

Department
http://dfat.gov.au/news/media-releases/Pages/departmental-media-releases.aspx

Shadow Minister Tanya Plibersek
http://www.tanyaplibersek.com/releases

HEALTH
Minister Sussan Ley
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/the-hon-sussan-ley-mp-media
Minister Ley’s personal site.
http://sussanley.com/category/portfolio/
Minister Fiona Nash
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/the-hon-fiona-nash-media
Minister Ken Wyatt
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/the-hon-ken-wyatt-am-mp-latest-news

Department
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Departmental+Media+Releases-1

Shadow Minister Catherine King
http://www.catherineking.com.au/media/
Shadow Minister Shayne Neumann
http://www.shayneneumann.com.au/media-releases.php
Shadow Minister Stephen Jones
http://www.stephenjones.org.au/media_releases
Shadow Minister Katy Gallagher
http://www.katygallagher.net/media

HUMAN SERVICES
Minister Alan Tudge
http://www.mhs.gov.au/

Department
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/publications-and-resources/budget/

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron
http://www.dougcameron.com.au/press_releases

IMMIGRATION/BORDER PROTECTION
Minister Peter Dutton
http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/

Department
http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/releases

Shadow Minister Richard Marles
http://www.richardmarles.com.au/news-media

INDIGENOUS
Minister Nigel Scullion
http://minister.indigenous.gov.au/
Minister Scullion’s personal site
http://www.nigelscullion.com/
Minister Alan Tudge
http://alantudge.dpmc.gov.au/media

Department
http://indigenous.gov.au/

Shadow Minister Shayne Neumann
http://www.shayneneumann.com.au/media-releases.php
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Warren Snowdon
http://www.warrensnowdon.com/media/

INDUSTRY/INNOVATION
Minister Christopher Pyne
http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/pyne/media_releases
Minister Pyne’s personal site
https://www.pyneonline.com.au/media-centre#media-releases
Minister Karen Andrews
http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/Andrews
Minister Wyatt Roy
http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/roy/media_releases

Department
http://www.industry.gov.au/AboutUs/Media/Pages/default.aspx

Shadow Minister Kim Carr
http://www.senatorkimcarr.com/media_release1

INFRASTRUCTURE/REGIONAL/CITIES
Minister Darren Chester
http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/index.aspx
Minister Fiona Nash
http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/nash/index.aspx
Minister Paul Fletcher
http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/pf/
Minister Angus Taylor
http://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/taylor

Department
http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/

Infrastructure Australia
http://infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese
http://anthonyalbanese.com.au/media-centre/shadow-ministerial-media-centre

JUSTICE
Attorney-General George Brandis
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Pages/Newsroom.aspx
Minister Michael Keenan
http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Pages/Newsroom.aspx

Department
http://www.ag.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus
http://www.markdreyfus.com/

MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
Minister Craig Laundy
http://craiglaundy.dss.gov.au/media-releases

Shadow Minister Michelle Rowland
http://www.michellerowland.com.au/mediareleases

SOCIAL SERVICES
Minister Christian Porter
http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases

Department
http://www.dss.gov.au/

Shadow Minister Jenny Macklin
http://www.jennymacklin.net.au/news

TRADE
Minister Steven Ciobo
http://www.trademinister.gov.au/
Minister Richard Colbeck
http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/richardcolbeck/Pages/default.aspx
Trade Envoy Andrew Robb
http://dfat.gov.au/news/special-envoy-for-trade/Pages/special-envoy-for-trade.aspx

Department
http://dfat.gov.au/news/media-releases/Pages/departmental-media-releases.aspx

Shadow Minister Penny Wong
http://www.pennywong.com.au/media-releases/

VETERANS AFFAIRS
Minister Dan Tehan
http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases.htm

Shadow Minister David Feeney

Home

Australian Greens
http://greensmps.org.au/latest-news

Palmer United Party
http://palmerunited.com/news/

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon
http://www.nickxenophon.com.au/media/releases/

Independent MP Bob Katter
http://www.bobkatter.com.au/media/media-releases

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie

Home

Independent MP Cathy McGowan
http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/press_releases

Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm

PRESS RELEASES

Family First Senator Bob Day
http://www.familyfirst.org.au/Bob-Day-articles-landing-page.php

Motoring Enthusiasts Senator Ricky Muir
http://amep.net.au/news

Independent Senator John Madigan
http://www.johnmadigan.com.au/media-releases/

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus
http://senatorlazarus.com/media-releases/

Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie
http://senatorlambie.com.au/latest-news/

CANBERRA IQ
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