The objectives of the Academy are met through a range of activities, not least of which is the contribution of scientific advice to government for the purposes of policy development. In providing that advice, the Academy’s Fellowship assists government not only to formulate evidence-based policy and inform decision-making, but also assists to inform domestic and international public debate.
The Academy brings together top Australian scientists – many of whom are seen as world figures in their fields – from universities, industry and within government. This provides the capability to access expertise over many scientific areas and issues.
The Academy informs the consideration of policy and legislation through its submissions to government inquiries, agency consultations and legislative reviews; and through undertaking specialist projects that provide accurate scientific evidence to assist all who participate in debate and construct policy.
The Academy also supports 22 national committees. and two task forces. Each committee – which is widely representative of its discipline – fosters a designated field of science, and serves as a link between Australian and overseas scientists in that field. The committees are frequently called on to comment on proposals and advise on science policy. Through the national committees and ad hoc committees, the Academy prepares reports and submissions to government inquiries, and public statements