National action plan and data report to advance women in STEM

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8 March 2020

The Australian Government is supporting girls and women to participate and engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We are working hard to make sure all Australians can take full advantage of the opportunities a more global and digital economy provides.

In 2019, we released the Advancing Women in STEM strategy to outline our commitment to action.

The Advancing Women in STEM 2020 Action Plan and STEM Equity Monitor, released on International Women’s Day, are the next steps in implementing this strategic framework.

The Action Plan outlines what we are doing to ensure evidence is at the heart of our approach to STEM gender equity. We need to know what initiatives in the STEM sector are impactful and where we are seeing changes in participation. We are focused on 3 areas:

  • accelerating change through government practices
  • leading a data-driven approach
  • embedding a culture of evaluation

As the first action, the STEM Equity Monitor brings together data from across government in an interactive digital report to show the current state of STEM gender equity in Australia. The Monitor includes data from primary school right through to the workforce. Importantly, it provides a baseline to measure and track the impacts of our collective efforts over time.

The Action Plan and STEM Equity Monitor are not static. We’ll update data in the Monitor each year to reflect changes in the STEM landscape. Future action plans may also evolve to help drive action across government, industry and the community.

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