Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review

The review aims to find ways to improve diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge and pay respect to all First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and ongoing Custodians of the land, sea and sky. We acknowledge First Nations Peoples as the first scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, whose Knowledge and Culture continue to live and evolve. We pay our deepest respects to Elders past and present, and we extend that respect to those who will fulfil those roles in the future.

Review goals

The review will recommend how the Australian Government can support change so that people can access and feel they belong within STEM education, careers and industries.

The review will:

  • hear people’s stories and experiences in Australian STEM education, research and business
  • explore successes and lessons from other countries
  • evaluate the impact of our department’s existing women in STEM programs
  • identify the best ways to:
    • improve current initiatives
    • develop future initiatives.

Review process

The independent expert panel is leading the review with support from a taskforce in our department. 

Key activities include:


Review panel members

Chair, Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review | Chief Executive Officer at Cicada Innovations
Ms Williams has extensive experience in the technology sector. She is a strong advocate for the importance of diversity in technology design.
Member, Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review | Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Indigital
A Cabrogal woman of the Dharug-speaking nations of Sydney, Mikaela Jade comes from the world’s oldest storytellers and is recognised as a leader in the technology space.
Member, Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review | Associate Professor and Director, DNA Zoo Australia at the University of Western Australia
Dr Kaur is an award-winning scientist and passionate leader. An entrepreneur, professor in science and mother, she is a positive role model and active mentor for gender equity.
Ex-officio member, Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review | Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Science and Resources
Helen is responsible for the Science Division, Technology and Digital Division, Technology Investment Taskforce, the National Measurement Institute and Questacon.

Terms of reference

Review requirements and scope

The terms of reference outline the panel requirements, scope of the review, and areas the panel will make recommendations on.