You can have your say on diversity in STEM

Dept of Industry, Science and Resources

The independent Pathway to Diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) review launches its consultation on barriers to participation in STEM today.

The review is being led by an independent expert panel, chaired by Sally-Ann Williams and members Mikaela Jade, CEO and Founder of Indigital and Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur, University of Western Australia. The review is part of the Government’s commitment to boost diversity and increase the participation of women and historically under-represented groups in STEM.

Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, who initiated the review as part of outcomes from the Albanese Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit, welcomed the launch of consultation.

“We want to call up skills from all corners of our community and put them to work growing our economy. This review is part of that effort,” Minister Husic said.

As part of the review, the panel has worked with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources on a ‘dialogue starter’ paper. The paper poses questions to encourage Australians to think about what it means to study and work in STEM.

The panel is inviting contributions from a broad range of participants in STEM, from scientists to students, mechanics to park rangers.

“This review will provide us with the evidence, insight and recommendations to make sure the policies and programs we deliver as government are having maximum impact,” Minister Husic said.

“Improving diversity and inclusion in our STEM workforce will increase the range of views and ideas that Australia needs to unlock our full potential.”

Submissions in response to the dialogue starter are encouraged by 11 April. There will be further opportunities to have your say. The independent panel will also consider an evaluation of the government’s women in STEM programs and research led by the Women in STEM Ambassador.

The panel will publish its draft recommendations in July.

The dialogue starter and more information on the Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review can be found at

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