The Chief Scientist works with South Australian bodies involved in science and research, technology, innovation and economic development to develop an integrated approach to issues. 

About the Chief Scientist

The Chief Scientist’s primary role is to:

  • provide independent advice to the Premier, the Minister and Cabinet on matters of science and research, technology and innovation  
  • co-chair the Premier’s Science and Industry Council with the Premier.

The Chief Scientist also provides leadership in developing strategies to enhance the contribution of science, technology, research and innovation to the State’s development by:

  • representing the South Australian Government on matters related to science, technology, research and innovation  
  • raising the research and innovation profile of South Australia, including community awareness of our capabilities, and the important contribution science and research, technology and innovation make to the State’s development.



Professor Bursill delivers speech at 2012 Science Excellence Awards

About Professor Don Bursill

Professor Bursill has more than 40 years’ experience in the water industry in Australia. For most of that time he worked for the South Australian Water Corporation as its Chief Scientist, a position he had held for 17 years before stepping down at the end of 2005.

His experience was focused mainly on water quality, water treatment and water resources management.

He led a national team that was successful in establishing the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program and was CEO of that Centre from its commencement in 1995 until retirement in December 2005.

Professor Bursill has been Chief Scientist for South Australia since early 2011.

Contact us

Ms Vicki Tindall
Project Officer, Science and Research, DFEEST

+61 8 8207 8702

vicki.tindall@sa.gov.au