The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science was a department of the Australian Government with former responsibility for consolidating the Australian Government’s efforts to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness by bringing together industry, energy, resources and science.[1] The department was established on 21 September 2015 and on 20 December 2017 its functions were merged into the newly formed Department of Jobs and Small Business.[2]

The last head of the department was the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Heather Smith; who reported to the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, formerly Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, and the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP. The ministers were assisted by the Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP.


Following the appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science was established on 21 September 2015, taking on the functions of the previous Department of Industry and Science.[3]


As outlined in the Administrative Arrangements Orders,[4] the department is responsible for a wide range of functions including:

  • Manufacturing and commerce including industry and market development
  • Industry innovation policy and technology diffusion
  • Construction industry, excluding workplace relations
  • Facilitation of the development of service industries generally
  • Trade marks, plant breeders’ rights and patents of inventions and designs
  • Anti-dumping
  • Civil space issues
  • Science policy
  • Energy policy


  1. ^ Department of Industry and Science, About us, Australian Government, retrieved 24 March 2015 
  2. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Minute Paper for the Executive Council, Executive Council Meeting No. 21 (PDF), Federal Executive Council, 21 September 2015 
  4. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order". Commonwealth of Australia. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.