Government releases updated science and tech priorities

Friday, 16 October, 2020

Government releases updated science and tech priorities

The Australian Government has updated the National Security Science and Technology Priorities, to strengthen the country’s national security.

The update identified six priority areas, including cybersecurity, intelligence, border security and identity management, technology foresight, investigative support and forensic science, and preparedness, protection, prevention and incident response.

Defence’s Science and Technology Group coordinates the government’s science and technology program, which plays a critical role in Australia’s national security. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said this is a thorough update to the 2018 Policy and Priorities.

“The update has given greater consideration to recent challenges such as national resilience and biosecurity. These priorities will help to drive strategic advantage by developing, adapting and delivering science and technology solutions to current and future national security challenges,” Minister Reynolds said.

The National Security and Defence community will work closely to shape and harness the national science and technology enterprise, to achieve a cohesive innovation system as outlined in the 2020 Defence Strategic Update.

The updated National Security Science and Technology Priorities can be found here.

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