The Australian Science Media Centre is an independent, not-for-profit service for the news media in Australia. The national Centre was set up in Adelaide, South Australia, and is based on the UK Science Media Centre, being suggested by Baroness Susan Greenfield during her period as an Adelaide Thinker in Residence in 2004. The Centre is supported by a wide variety of sectors – split between media outlets, research institutions, governments and business – with each contribution capped at 10 per cent of total running costs.
Former South Australian Premier, the Hon Mike Rann and Baroness Susan Greenfield launched the Centre on 2 August, 2005. Staff were appointed in late 2005 and the AusSMC opened for business on 28 November 2005. The Centre is advised by a Science Advisory Panel and governed by a Board of Management.