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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 168

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science: Market Research

(Question No 1543)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, in writing, on 15 September 2015:

To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—In respect of the $15,422.00 tender to Omnipoll Pty Ltd for 'Research Services—Market Research National Science Week' (CN3289291), (a) what is the aim of this research, (b) can a summary of findings be provided, and (c) to what policy(s) and/or initiative(s) does this research relate.

Mr Pyne: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The research was commissioned to gauge the level of involvement in this year's National Science Week events. A similar survey has been done annually by Newspoll, now Omnipoll, since 2002.

(b) The research showed that 1.25 million people, or about 6% of the population, participated in National Science Week.

The survey also asked respondents about their general level of engagement in science. It showed 66% of people were either quite interested or very interested in science and technology, and 76% of people regularly or occasionally seek out information about science and technology.

(c) National Science Week is a key part of the Inspiring Australia science engagement initiative which is based at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre.