A new science and technology policy agenda aimed at strengthening Australia's national security has been released by the government.
The new policy is underpinned by strong scientific research and the latest technology with key policy priorities including cyber security, intelligence, border security and identity management, investigative support and forensic science, preparedness to prevent and respond to incidents and technology foresighting.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the government was placing the highest priority on national security through this policy.
“Australia needs to remain at the forefront of science and innovation so we can meet any new and emerging threats to our security,” Minister Pyne said.
“We must work seamlessly across government and in collaboration with our industry and university partners to develop the best capabilities for protecting Australia against threats to our national security.
“This policy puts us in a strong position to harness the expertise and resources required to address national security challenges now and into the future.”
Delivering on commitments in the 2016 Defence White Paper, the science and technology policy and priorities were developed in consultation with the various national security agencies under a high-level inter-departmental steering committee.