Women and girls in STEM

The Australian Government is increasing representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a range of programs and initiatives.

Involvement in STEM builds new industries, makes Australia internationally competitive and supports high living standards. 

Increased representation of women in STEM:

  • brings new perspectives, better problem solving and improved productivity to Australian industries
  • diversifies and transforms our economy
  • helps us meet critical workforce needs, now and in the future.

We are currently considering changes to our women in STEM initiatives to increase diversity of underrepresented groups following:

Monitoring and increasing gender equity in STEM

Our vision is for all genders to have equal opportunity to learn, work and engage in STEM. We aim to:

  • enable women and girls through education
  • recruit and retain women in STEM careers
  • make women in STEM visible.

STEM Equity Monitor

The STEM Equity Monitor is a national data resource on girls’ and women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Advancing Women in STEM Strategy

A strategy for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aims to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers.

Supporting women and girls in STEM

See our current women in STEM programs.

Girls in STEM Toolkit (GiST)

The Girls in STEM Toolkit (GiST) supports girls, families, teachers and other influencers to explore the many study and career opportunities available through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Future You

Future You is a national digital initiative led by the Women in STEM Ambassador. It raises awareness and seeks to break down stereotypes and showcase diverse opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM (Elevate)

Boosting the Next Generation of Women in STEM (Elevate) partners with industry to grow the pool of future women science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders by co-funding university scholarships.

Superstars of STEM

Superstars of STEM helps raise the profile of Australian women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to inspire the next generation. It offers media training, mentoring and networking for STEM professionals.
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Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program

The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change.

Meet our Women in STEM Ambassador

Our Women in STEM Ambassador promotes STEM gender equity.  She increases awareness, builds the case for change and makes women in STEM visible.

Women in STEM Ambassador | Australian Space Agency Advisory Board member
Lisa leads the Australian Government’s efforts to encourage girls and women to study and work in STEM fields.

Latest news and case studies

PHD candidate, Raji Bhaskaran Nair, wearing protective gloves and working on a dilution refrigerator.

Review recommends more ambitious and strategic action to increase diversity in STEM

The Australian Government has released the independent panel’s report for the Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review.
A woman working at a computer in a robotics workshop.

2024 Elevate Program offers more than 100 scholarships to boost diversity in STEM

Scholarships are available for women and non-binary people to access more opportunities in STEM.
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Women and girls in STEM: Kiowa Scott-Hurley

Kiowa Scott-Hurley shares her experiences with art, coding, supercomputing and navigating the STEM workplace as a queer Aboriginal woman with a chronic illness.
Photo of Deanne Fisher standing in front of an autumn tree on a university campus

Women and girls in STEM: Deanne Fisher

Deanne Fisher leads a research team that uses telescopes across the planet (and in orbit) to study galaxies and the formation of stars.
Dr Verity Normington stands in front of a display of several different types of rock

Women and girls in STEM: Verity Normington

From a mining area in South Australia to Geoscience Australia, geologist Dr Verity Normington's career path wasn’t always easy.

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