Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes the announcement of further investment in gender equity programs in STEM by Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP.
Of the $3.4 million announced, $1.8 million will go towards supporting the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, and $1.5 million will be invested in a digital awareness initiative driven by the Women in STEM Ambassador, Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith.
President of STA, Professor Emma Johnston AO, said the sector was making great progress towards tackling entrenched bias and obstacles for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“Australia is showing leadership in diversity and inclusion programs in STEM, and this will be of great benefit for future generations,” Professor Johnston said.
“STA is proud to play our part through Superstars of STEM and through our support for science and technology societies and associations to drive grassroots change for a more diverse and inclusive sector.”
She said she hoped to see strong investment in research and development overall, so that the women taking on STEM roles in the future would have a strong sector to contribute to.
“We have seen a trend of falling investment in research and development over the last few years and this needs urgent attention,” she said.
“We hope that all STEM professionals, regardless of their background, career stage or discipline, can enjoy security in their employment and adequate resources to carry out their important work.”