Roundtable takes on gender imbalance

How to fix gender imbalances in industry and the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will be a key issue discussed at the Industry, Innovation and Science Women’s Advisory Roundtable in Sydney today.

Members of the Roundtable include prominent business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs.

Chaired by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, the meeting is driven by the Coalition Government’s strong desire to accelerate change and encourage more Australian women to take up careers in STEM and leadership roles in business.

“Improving women’s participation in STEM and business requires action from all sectors – government, industry, and the education and research sectors,” Minister Andrews said.

“So many of the jobs of the future will be built on science and technology, so if Australia is to prosper we must engage and draw on the talent of all Australians.

“Can you imagine what the world would look like -- what types of technology and scientific advancements would have been achieved -- had we historically benefited from the full participation of the population? We must do more to actively include women in STEM,” said Minister Andrews.

It is estimated that by 2030 Australian workers will spend 77 per cent more time using science and maths skills.

Minister Andrews said the Roundtable will inject fresh ideas into government policies and programs, which would result in more women pursuing careers in business, technology and science.

“We are fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise of this important group of leaders and influencers, including the newly appointed permanent Roundtable member, data analyst and television presenter Lily Serna,” Minister Andrews said.

Coalition Government contributions include the allocation of $4.5 million in the 2018-19 Budget for Women in STEM initiatives, including announcing the appointment of the first Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith.

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Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070