National Science Week 2018 - support for Indigenous girls studying STEM subjects

National Science Week 2018 - support for Indigenous girls studying STEM subjects

Indigenous Affairs Education
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Kirsten Banks Indigenous Australian astrophysics student. Photo: Justin Banks (Grigori Films)

Photo: Kirsten Banks Indigenous Australian astrophysics student, Justin Banks (Grigori Films)

National Science Week (11-19 August) focuses our minds on Australia’s future and its capacity for innovation.

The Australian Government’s recent commitment to support and encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects is evidence of its commitment to stimulating innovation and to opening career pathways for Indigenous women.

The funding package includes $20 million over 10 years for an Indigenous Girls’ STEM Academy.

The residential based academy will have an annual intake of 100 Year 8 girls and will be managed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, in partnership with CareerTrackers, a not-for-profit organisation creating Indigenous employment pathways. The Indigenous Girls’ STEM Academy will open in 2019.

In addition, the Stronger Smarter Institute has also received $5 million to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are teachers in STEM. This will improve the learning experiences of students as well as increase vocational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators.

Advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have changed the world. They have led to the invention of labour saving devices, improvements in health, how we communicate and have helped tackle challenges of transportation and the environment.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and women with STEM skills will help to shape the future and find long term and satisfying career opportunities.