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.

Current Acting Chief Scientist

Dr Christine WilliamsQueensland's current Acting Chief Scientist is Dr Christine Williams.

In this role she will be accountable for science policy, providing strategic guidance across a range of government departments, and will also be involved with a number of reviews and enquiries.

In her previous role as Assistant Director-General, Science, Christine has worked in close partnership with other government agencies (state and federal), universities and other research groups, as well as industry, a role she will continue to perform and expand upon as Acting Chief Scientist.

Christine was previously an academic at Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland where she was responsible for teaching statistics and econometrics. She is an economist by training with a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University.

Professor Suzanne Miller, current Queensland Chief Scientist, commenced in this role on 12 December 2016 and was the state’s third Chief Scientist and first woman to hold this important post.