At the Academy, everything we do can be marked by one common theme. That is, ‘Enhancing Australia's prosperity through technology and innovation’. It’s a mission at the heart of every group and forum that operates under the ATSE umbrella - groups that offer discussion and debate of how technology, science and engineering can be used to enhance our quality of life.
We focus on a number of key policy areas that align with our expertise. These include water sustainability, energy use and low carbon futures, STEM education, and health technology - as well as emerging areas like the built environment, ICT, innovation and productivity.
Through the work that we’ve done to date, ATSE has established a reputation for delivering robust, practical and innovative thinking to interested groups, both here and overseas. We’re known for tackling some of the most challenging issues facing Australia today - and for offering fresh, sound policy advice to key decision- makers throughout the government and community.
Our key policy areas include:
New technologies that enable improvements in production, processing and marketing present significant opportunities for the growth of Australian agrifood industries to meet growing international demand for safe, high-quality food and fibre products. Strategic investment in technology, science and engineering innovation will underpin the future success and profitability of agriculture and food industries in Australia.
ATSE's agriculture activities are driven by the Agriculture Forum and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the Agriculture Policy and Action Statements.
Australia needs to improve its approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to underpin its prosperity, its capacity to meet national challenges and its global competitiveness. ATSE believes improved quality and reach of STEM education are vital for sustainable wealth creation in Australia, which will be driven by science and technology. The STEM Action Statement sets out three strong recommendations for a national re-focus on STEM education.
ATSE's education activities are driven by the Education Forum and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the Education Policy and Action Statements.
Australia’s energy needs and resources are evolving rapidly. ATSE aims to promote the development and application of technology to improve the sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of Australia’s energy supplies.
ATSE's energy activities are driven by the Energy Forum and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the Energy Policy and Action Statements.
With an aging population and increasing prevalence of chronic disease, Australian healthcare is facing increasingly complex challenges in the coming decades. ATSE aims to help develop and promote technological solutions to meet these challenges and maintain the quality of life of all Australians.
ATSE's health technology activities are driven by the Health Technology Forum and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the Health Technology Policy and Action Statements.
Innovation is the key to maintaining a strong economy and increasing standards of living. ATSE’s Industry and Innovation Forum examines how research, technology and education can help to promote innovation and improve productivity in the Australian economy.
ATSE's industry and innovation activities are driven by the Industry and Innovation Forum and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the Industry and Innovation Policy and Action Statements.
Infrastructure is crucial for underpinning increased productivity, supporting a growing population, sustaining industry growth, societal wellbeing, and connecting rural and urban environments. Australia’s infrastructure faces a convergence of challenges, especially population growth. To meet these challenges, robust long-term infrastructure planning and whole-of-life infrastructure management will be key.
ATSE's infrastructure activities are driven by the Infrastructure Forum and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the Infrastructure Policy and Action Statements.
ATSE believes that Australia’s economic competitiveness and social and environmental well-being depend on translating its science and technology research into industry innovation and application - a process vitally strengthened through effective international engagement.
ATSE's international activities are driven by the International Leadership Group and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the International Collaboration Policy and Action Statements.
Australia’s natural resources are an integral part of the Australian economy. The development and production of our natural resources must be conducted in an environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and economic manner. Energy and water use, emissions, sustainability, obtaining licence to operate and managing climate change impacts are all important factors for Australia’s natural resources.
Water is a scarce resource; demands from irrigation, industry, mining, and servicing rural and urban communities must be balanced against environmental and amenity needs. Advances in technology provide solutions to these issues and enable the sustainable development of Australia’s natural resources.
ATSE's work in this area are driven by the Water Forum and Mineral Resources Forum and based on identified National Technology Challenges outlined in the Natural Resources Policy and Action Statements.
Promoting Australia's advancement through technology