• Female RAC technician.
    Female RAC technician.

Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, has released the final report of the Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review. 

The independent Diversity in STEM Review Panel has made 11 detailed recommendations, based on 12 months of public consultation and research.  

Increasing diversity and inclusion is an integral step towards growing a STEM skilled workforce that will help build a future made in Australia.

It will also help the government’s target to fill 1.2 million tech-related jobs by 2030.

The Review Panel’s recommendations aim to create structural and cultural change within Australia’s STEM system to support greater diversity and inclusion.

The independent Review Panel’s recommendations include: 

  • establishing a dedicated advisory council to guide government and mobilise change.
  • changing grant and procurement processes for STEM-related programs.  
  • enhancing the current Women in STEM program suite and establishing programs for other cohorts underrepresented in STEM education and jobs.

The Panel heard from around 385 individuals and 94 organisations through conversations, interviews and workshops, and received 300 written submissions. 

The Review Panel’s recommendations were also informed by key research reports including the STEM Career Pathways report for the National Science and Technology Council, which is also released today. It was prepared by Science and Technology Australia.

The STEM Career Pathway report identifies barriers to STEM careers and ways which could build the workforce. These include:

  • Opportunities for better coordination between university and vocational sectors, improved access to work-based placements, and micro-credential training to upskill existing workers.
  • Better engagement of skilled migrants and international graduates on post-study work visas by increasing employer understanding of overseas qualifications and graduates’ post-study work rights.

The Government will now consider the recommendations presented in the Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review report.

The STEM Career Pathway report can be found here: www.chiefscientist.gov.au/STEM-CareerPathways