About

About ATSE

ATSE is made up of some of Australia’s leading thinkers in technology and engineering. It’s an eclectic group, drawn from academia, government, industry and research, each with a single objective in mind – to apply technology in smart, strategic ways for our social, environmental and economic benefit.

To achieve that goal, ATSE has formed a variety of expert, independent forums for discussion and action – platforms to move debate on issues concerning Australia’s future. It’s an open, transparent approach one that government, industry and community leaders can trust for technology-led solutions to national and global challenges.

Each year, the Australian Government recognises the importance of the work we do by awarding the group an establishment grant. That grant goes towards: 

  • fostering research and scholarship in Australia’s technological sciences and engineering 
  • providing and conducting administrative support, workshops, forums and similar events that enable the Academy and its Fellows to contribute on important national issues 
  • managing the development and execution of policy, education and other worthwhile programs
  • supporting relationships with international communities.

The Academy operates as an independent, non-government, not-for-profit organisation. It's also registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status, and a registered company that's limited by guarantee.

For a closer look at who we are and what we do, take a look at the Academy’s mission, history and people.

  • Vision and Mission

    A look at our guiding principles and what they mean to the Academy

  • Strategies and Policies

    ATSE's strategic policies and statements focus on our National Technology Challenges that guide the Academy's governance and functional initiatives.

  • History

    Founded in 1976 as one of Australia’s four learned Academies, ATSE was originally established as the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences. In 1987, it was renamed to incorporate Engineering – and soon became known in its current abbreviated form.

  • People

    Led by the ATSE Board, the Divisions and Forums and various Committees work together seamlessly to achieve our vision, mission and strategies. It's a simple structure that's proven effective from the very beginning.

    Our Board and its advisory body The Assembly, sit at the top as our principal Academy bodies.  The Board delegates certain responsibilities to four Board Committees - the Audit and Risk Committee, the Membership Committee, the State & Territory Division Committees and the Awards Committee.

    In addition to the Academy's principal committees, we facilitate a network of Forums, Working Groups and Advisory Groups that engage the Fellowship on a range of priority issues, and our STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) Project works to spread our message across Australia.

    From the Board to the Assembly, the Working Groups and the Fellows - each group plays an important part in maintaining an effective, seamless structure. The skills and commitment from those groups make it possible to achieve our objectives. Learn more about the people behind ATSE.

  • State and Territory Divisions

    Our State & Territory Division Committees help to facilitate regional activities around the country. They act as a link between ATSE head office, its interstate counterparts and Fellows. And they ensure that our objectives stay consistent throughout the network.

    The seven State & Territory Division Committees act as Board Committees.