IP Australia and NZ Ministry of Economic Development have released the discussion paper for a trans-Tasman patent attorney regulatory framework.

Written responses to the discussion paper should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 16 May, 2011.

The proposed reform establishes a single trans-Tasman governance body responsible for patent attorney education, training and disciplinary standards. A Joint Working Group of officials from both countries has independently developed this paper, in order to elicit comments from the profession and the public. For more information download this fact sheet. At this stage, Australia's Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys has not been involved.

A leader and recognised expert in the field of water management and quality, Adjunct Professor Don Bursill AM, has been appointed as South Australia’s new Chief Scientist.

The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and building the current and future workforce were reinforced at the NHMRC Indigenous Scientific Forum, held recently in Canberra.

The AMA has joined leading science, medical and research groups in calling on the Government to increase or at least maintain current levels of health and medical research funding.

CSIRO has launched a new Climate and Health Cluster, with funding of  $3.15 million over three years from CSIRO’s Flagship Collaboration Fund.

First stage applications for funding of urban water innovation projects under the Open Innovation Stream of the Smart Water Fund have been called and will close on Friday April 8.

The chairman of the Western Australian Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC)l, Charles Morgan, has resigned after four months in the job, reportedly because he was frustrated that research and development were not being taken seriously by the WA Government.

Hydrologist Dr Tony Minns has been appointed as the first Director of the $50 million Goyder Institute for Water Research.

The Northern Territory has called for applications from businesses and research organisations for the latest round of  the NT Research and Innovation Grants.

CSIRO has launched Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia to help inform business, government, and the community about the many issues that need to be addressed in response to climate change.

The Queensland Government has announced the first round of recipients for 2011 under the Queensland Health’s Office of Health and Medical Research (OHMR) fellowship program.

Melbourne-based pharmaceutical company Biota has been awarded a $231 million contract to develop a cure for influenza by a US anti-bioterrorism unit.

The Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) has endorsed Professor Ross Garnaut’s recommendations on innovation and low emission technologies.

Marine researchers from four Australian research agencies have pooled their skills to compile a definitive directory of Australia's continental shelf marine life.

A new Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has been launched in Melbourne with the focus on innovation in energy efficient networks and telecommunications infrastructure with the aim to reduce the industry's impact on the environment.

The Victorian Government has offered assistance to Japanese scientists affected by the earthquake and tsunami by providing access to the Australian.

The Queensland Government has signed a new three-year science and technology partnership agreement  with China. The new agreement continues a research agreement that was first established in 2008.

A new paper released by Professor Ross Garnaut as part of his Climate Change Review for the Australian Government has called for increased public funding for innovation in low-emissions technologies under a new scheme to be administered by an independent authority.

Fears that the Australian Government is planning to cut $400 million from National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) budget over three years have resulted in an open letter from research groups calling for funding to be maintained and a review of health and medical research to be undertaken.

IP Australia has called for comments on draft legislation designed to strengthen and improve Australia's IP system.

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