Helping girls on the path to high-tech jobs

An innovative educational toolkit funded by the Coalition Government will encourage Australian girls to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has announced Education Services Australia will develop and deliver the toolkit, which was provided $580,000 funding in this year’s Budget.

The toolkit will help school-age girls understand the diverse range of STEM careers available to them.

“The Girls in STEM Toolkit will feature articles and case studies to motivate students on a new digital platform to be launched next year,” Minister Andrews said.

“Increasing female participation in STEM will make Australia’s research, scientific and business capability stronger.

“We need all our young people to understand the importance of STEM skills to jobs of the future and the Coalition’s toolkit will help young women further engage with STEM subjects.

“I am delighted Education Services Australia will be delivering this key toolkit, which will include practical resources for educators, career counsellors and families, so girls receive support at school and at home,” Minister Andrews said.

“Australia’s future success depends on us developing and encouraging the next generation of scientists, problem solvers and leaders – regardless of their gender, background or any other factor.

“By providing our girls studying STEM with information and encouragement to stick with it, we will help them achieve their full potential as scientists, innovators or entrepreneurs.”

The initiative is part of ongoing efforts by the Coalition to address the gender bias and stereotyping in science and maths, which begin in primary school and continue through high school to university and research.

The Coalition Government announced $4.5 million in new funding in the 2018-19 Budget to encourage more women to pursue STEM education and careers. This funding builds on previous investments, made through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, of $13 million.

Education Services Australia is a national not-for-profit company owned by the state, territory and Australian Government education ministers. It is the successful applicant of a competitive grant process to develop the Girls in STEM Toolkit.

Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070