Women and girls in STEM

We are increasing representation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) builds new industries, makes Australia internationally competitive and supports high living standards.

The Australian Government aims to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers. Increased representation of women in STEM:

  • improves our talent pool
  • delivers business benefits from enhanced diversity
  • builds and sustains our economy.

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

The Australian Government’s 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

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.

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) assesses and accredits the gender equity policies and practices in Australian higher education and research organisations.

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

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.

Women in STEM Ambassador

The Women in STEM Ambassador promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) gender equity. They increase awareness, build the case for change and make women in STEM more visible. Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith was appointed as Australia’s first Ambassador in October 2018.

Latest news and case studies

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The state of STEM gender equity in 2022

We’ve updated the STEM Equity Monitor with the latest data on women and girls’ participation in STEM.
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Non-binary people in STEM: Ari Moloney

University student Ari Moloney shares thoughts on science communications, self-worth and how highlighting women and non-binary people’s achievements can sometimes trivialise them.
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Women and girls in STEM: Ella Burgun

Ella Burgun is a second-year biological science student at RMIT in Melbourne.