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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 784

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

What is the establishment of the Science Policy Branch ofthe Department of Education and Science, and what functions does the Branch perform.

Senator WRIGHT - The Minister for Education and Science has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Science Policy Branch of the Department of Education and Science, which has a total establishment of 20, comprises two Sections, the Scientific Information and External Relations Section and the Planning and Special Projects Section. The Branch is concerned with matters relating to the national civil scientific research and development effort and to the general development of science in Australia, and with Australian participation in the science activities of international bodies such as the OECD.

The Branch gathers and analyses information on the level and structure of the national effort in all fields of science. For example, it is responsible for the planning and conduct of Project SCORE which is a survey of Australian expenditure on scientific research and development.

The Branch serves ' as Australian co-ordinating agency for co-operative science programme with the United States under the United States/Australia Agreement for Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

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