A survey of community awareness of science, technology and innovation events and issues was conducted by the Australian Centre for Emerging Technologies & Society of the Swinburne University of Technology in 2005. 1,000 South Australian adults above the age of 18 living in urban and rural locations were interviewed by telephone about their awareness, knowledge and attitudes towards science, technology and innovation. The survey demonstrated that just over half of respondents felt informed about science, technology and innovation and had heard of over 40% of South Australian STI initiatives, institutions and prominent persons. Respondents were very positive about the long term benefit of STI, its role in protecting the environment, promoting growth, improving community wellbeing and creating more highly paid jobs for South Australians. The majority of respondents had some experience with technology through their use of mobile phones (79%), computers (78%) and the internet (69%). The next STI community awareness survey will be conducted in 2008. It is hoped that the next survey demonstrates that the community has a greater understanding of the importance of STI and its impact on society and the environment.