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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 427

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 22 April 1980:

(1   ) Did both the OECD Examiners' Report on Science and Technology in Australia (presented to the House on 17 October 1974) and the Report of the Independent Inquiry into the CSIRO (presented to the House on 6 October 1977) recommend that greater co-operation be promoted between universities and the CSIRO in teaching and research; if so, to what extent have these recommendations been implemented.

(2)   Have interchanges of staff taken place to effect these recommendations in the last two years; if so, what are the details.

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

(1)   The OECD Examiners' Report (1974) favoured greater mobility of scientific workers between CSIRO and the universities, and enhanced CSIRO involvement in university research. The Report of the Independent Inquiry into CSIRO endorsed the objective of closer relations between CSIRO and the universities, and recommended that a joint committee of CSIRO and the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC) be established to investigate means of collaboration.

A joint committee on CSIRO/University interaction, comprising representatives of CSIRO and of the AVCC, was established in February 1979. Amongst other things, the joint committee, with a view to increasing interaction, is attempting to identify areas in which CSIRO and the universities might co-operate in research and development and fields in which secondment opportunities tenable either in CSIRO or the universities might be offered.

(2)   The average level of staff interchange between CSIRO and the universities over the past two year is as follows:

CSIRO staff teaching in universities, 99 per annum CSIRO staff supervising university postgraduate students, 91 per annum CSIRO staff engaged in collaborative research with universities, 238 per annum CSIRO staff seconded to universities, 12 per annum* University staff seconded to CSIRO, 10 per annum*

* Due to the informal nature of many such arrangements, there are likely to have been additional cases which have not been recorded.

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