Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Increasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capability is at the core of the government’s science agenda as set out in the National Science Statement.
The global economy is changing which means new industries are emerging and new skills are required for workers at all levels.
Applying STEM knowledge and skills leads to:
- new products and technologies
- more efficient services and systems
- higher quality health care
- enhanced natural resource management
- new ways to respond to environmental change
- progress on tackling national and global challenges
- better decision-making in governments and industry
The importance of STEM
Action on STEM is critical to:
- Australia’s ability to compete in international markets
- creating new opportunities for industries
- supporting high living standards
Ensuring all Australians can be engaged with STEM is a key priority.
Women in STEM strategy
We are committed to improving the participation of women in STEM.
Our plan for Advancing Women in STEM outlines the government’s vision and role in supporting increased gender equity across the STEM sector.
We are supporting:
- community-wide engagement activities, grants and prizes through Inspiring Australia
- initiatives that foster girls’ and women’s interest in STEM and entrepreneurship, including the:
- We drive the implementation of National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) initiatives.
- The Women’s Advisory Roundtable provides advice on how to advance the critical role of women across business, industry, innovation and science.
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Last updated: 12 November 2020
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