Media Release

ATSE welcomes the appointment of a new Science and Technology Minister

1 October 2021

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) welcomes the appointment of the Hon Melissa Price MP as Science and Technology Minister.

Minister Price is taking on the portfolios in addition to her current Ministerial responsibilities for Defence Industry.

ATSE Chief Executive Kylie Walker said the new Minister has a vital role to play as Australia recovers from the effects of the COVID pandemic and builds resilience as it responds to climate change.

“The Academy is pleased to see a woman in charge of the science and technology portfolios. We hope Minister Price will support ATSE’s advocacy for increasing diversity at all levels of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector.”

“We need to dramatically increase our STEM skills base in Australia. Encouraging young people from all backgrounds and genders to take an interest in science and technology is essential for building a thriving and innovative future workforce,” Ms. Walker said.

ATSE looks forward to working with Minister Price and welcomes the news that Science and Technology will remain in Cabinet.

Media contact: Liz Foschia  or 0419 976 903