This consultation paper introduces, and seeks comment on, Australia's National Research Priorities.

A process to refresh the National Research Priorities (NRPs) is being undertaken as recommended by the Focusing Australia’s Publicly Funded Research Review (21).  The NRPs are:

  • An Environmentally Sustainable Australia
  • Promoting and Maintaining Good Health
  • Frontier Technologies for Building and Transforming Australian Industries
  • Safeguarding Australia. 

To contribute to this process, this consultation paper has been prepared by the department. The paper seeks comment on possible changes to the NRPs as shown in the document.

The consultation period commences on Tuesday, 7 February 2012 and closes at 5:00pm AEDST on Monday, 5 March 2012. Late submissions may not be considered.


Submissions are invited from stakeholder groups in the national innovation system.  

Electronic lodgement is preferred by the use of this template [RTF 115KB]. Otherwise, submit your responses by email in Word or RTF format. You are welcome to submit an additional PDF version.

Email submissions to:

Written submissions can be sent to:

National Research Priorities
Compacts and Coordination Branch
Research Division
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
GPO Box 9839

Submissions will be made available on this website unless otherwise requested in writing.

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