The Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda identified science and innovation as critical factors that will determine how successfully we captialise on new sources of growth, maintain high‑wage jobs, and seize the next wave of economic prosperity.

The government’s National Science Statement sets out its vision for an Australian society engaged in and enriched by science. Government and industry will increasingly look to scientific knowledge and skills to meet national and local needs.

This section of the Industry Monitor measures Australia’s performance in the science field, including how we perform in secondary and tertiary education, and workforce participation.

Men and women in graduation gowns and lab coats leap up steps formed by books, toward a microscope at the top. The words learning, research, intelligence, and success are written on the side of the books — in that order from bottom to top.