The Australian Early- and Mid-Career Researcher forum (the forum) is the national voice of Australia's emerging scientists, representing researchers who are up to 15 years post-PhD (or other research higher degree), irrespective of their professional appointment. It examines critical issues including career structure, job security, funding, education, training and gender equity. The forum engages with early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) from around Australia and advises the Academy on issues relevant to EMCRs, to help inform its policy recommendations to government and develop its EMCR activities. It also liaises with other national organisations to positively contribute to both Australia's scientific research and the future careers of emerging research experts. The forum provides a vital connection between Australia's most eminent scientists and tomorrow's future scientific leaders.