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Department of Environment and Science

Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

Department of Environment and Science

Queensland science capability directory

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Department of Environment and Science (DES)

Queensland Science Neuron

Queensland Government

Formerly known as Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.

In relation to science, the Department of Environment and Science develops and coordinates science policy across government and supports and invests in research and development to meet the state's future challenges. Within DES, the Queensland Chief Scientist provides leadership in science policy development and implementation and provides strategic advice to the government. The Science Division provides scientific information and services across two branches. Science Delivery offers environment and natural resource management advice on planning and management processes. Science Development progresses strategic science policy and manages government investment in science programs through universities and research institutes. It plays a major role in facilitating individual and institutional research linkages (both nationally and internationally).


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Coordinates implementation of the Advance Queensland initiative
  • Strategic science policy advice - Queensland Chief Scientist
  • Science policy development and evaluation
  • Support the development of key and emerging science sectors
  • Environmental and natural resource management science
  • Management of science innovation and research grants
  • International science engagement and collaboration

Facilities and major equipment

  • Queensland Herbarium
  • Queensland Hydraulics Laboratory
  • The Chemistry Centre
  • The Remote Sensing Centre

Number of research staff

300–500 research staff


Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD, 4102

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government - Agency

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Last updated:
6 September 2018