15 PER CENT OF AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE JOBS CUT BY LIBERALS

New analysis shows that almost 1,700 Australian scientists and researchers have lost their jobs as a result of the Abbott/Turnbull Liberals war on science since 2013.

Analysis of the annual reports of government bodies including the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO, the Australian Research Council, Geoscience Australia, and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation reveals that employment in Australia’s major science and research agencies is 15 per cent lower than in 2013. 

These job losses are a direct result of the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s horror 2014 Budget which cut $3 billion from science, research and innovation programs. The Turnbull Government’s much heralded, but insipid National Innovation and Science Agenda has done nothing to stem this brain drain.

It is the Liberals ideological mantra that has put the capabilities and reputation of our research agencies at risk.

For over three years our science agencies have been asked to do more with less and now we are seeing the consequences for the ability of the nation to build its scientific capabilities.    

The Liberal’s cuts to personnel and operating budgets is having a direct impact on the Australian economy with less scientists and researchers available to work with firms helping them innovate and diversify. 

It is the Turnbull Liberals who are responsible for starting Australia’s largest brain drain, depriving Australia of critical talent. 

 

Agency

30-Jun-13

30-Jun-16

Difference

References

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

136

168

32

2013: AR.p.117a
2016: AR p.87

Australian Research Council

125

127

2

2013: AR p.184
2016: AR p. 174

National Health and Medical Research Council

249

219

-30

2013: AR p.91
2016: AR p.110

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

1,166

1,097

-69

2013: AR p.91
2016: AR p.98

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

6,477

5,367

-1110

2013: AR p.104
2016: AR p.84

Australian Institute of Marine Science

198

210

12

2013: AR p.77
2016: AR p.92

National Information and Communications Technology Australia

288 b

0

-288

2013 AR p.128

Geoscience Australia

733

601

-132

2013: AR p.280
2016: AR p.209

Bureau of Meteorology

1,739

1,664

-75

2013: AR p. 175
2016: AR p.124

Australian Antarctic Division

406c

374

-32

2013: PAES p.41
2016: AR p.320

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

53

55

2

2013: AR p.163
2016: AR p.157

Questacon

220

233

13

2013: AR p.11

2015: AR p.48

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

24

19

-5

2013: AR p.143
2016: AR p.83

Total

11814

10134

-1680

 

     

-14.2%

 

a - 2013 AIATSIS FTE interpreted using other reported statistics                                                        

b – NICTA reports on a calendar year basis, these numbers are from 31 December 2013

c – Estimate only. AAD is not a separate entity from the Department of Environment; this is the number of FTE assigned to the Department’s Antarctic outcome.

 


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