Queensland Chief Scientist's role

The Queensland Chief Scientist provides leadership in science policy development and implementation and provides high level, strategic advice to the Queensland Government on the role of science, research and innovation in meeting Queensland’s economic challenges. The Chief Scientist also provides advice on maximising opportunities from the Government’s investment in research and development. The Queensland Chief Scientist is a whole-of-government position that sits within the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.

As an ambassador for Queensland science, the Chief Scientist fosters cooperation and collaboration amongst the government, research, industry and community sectors; raising Queensland's profile as a smart region characterised by world class research and investment opportunities; and engaging the community in better understanding the importance of science, research and innovation in the state's future economic, social and environmental wellbeing.

The Queensland Chief Scientist is a member of the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists (FACS), which includes State and Territory Chief Scientists and is chaired by the Chief Scientist for Australia. FACS contributes to the development of national science policy, and its members represent Australian science internationally.

Chief Scientists exist in the Commonwealth, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.