Women in STEM Decadal Plan Champions

Australia’s Women in STEM Decadal Plan provides a shared vision for the STEM ecosystem to attract, retain and progress girls and women in STEM education and careers. Gender equity in STEM will make significant and measurable improvements in Australia's:

  • preparedness for the future
  • workforce participation
  • economic performance
  • scientific impacts
  • creativity and entrepreneurial activities

Action is being taken by Women in STEM Decadal Plan Champions—STEM organisations who have agreed to publicly align their gender equity journey with the decadal plan.

The Australian Academy of Science will collate these champion responses providing a source of ideas and inspiration for everyone who would like to support girls and women in STEM.

Discover and collaborate with champions’ activities or become a champion today.

One Year In—Women in STEM Decadal Plan Champions, analyses the gender equity activities highlighted by Champions and key stakeholders between August 2019 – August 2020 and defines the next steps to improving gender equity.

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The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS), the Centre, will develop the next generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. We work together to make a team culture that is inclusive, values diversity, strives for equity, and accessibility (you get the IDEA!) so that everyone can participate.

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We are Australia’s national science organisation and one of the largest and most diverse scientific research organisations in the world. Our research focuses on the biggest challenges facing the nation.


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Franklin Women

Franklin Women is a social enterprise that connects individuals and organisations committed to creating a health and medical research sector where women thrive

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Nokia is a global a technology leader across mobile, fixed and cloud networks, with solutions to enable a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.

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nbn Co

The company was established in 2009 by the Commonwealth of Australia as a Government Business Enterprise (GBE) with a clear direction – to design, build and operate a wholesale broadband access network for Australia.  

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes reduces Australia’s economic, social and environmental vulnerability to climate extremes.

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Centenary Institute

The Centenary Institute is a world-leading independent medical research institute with a particular focus on cancer, inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

Centenary Institute


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Decipher Bureau

Decipher Bureau is a a recruitment and professional services consultancy specialising in cyber security and risk.

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SYSTRA is one of the world's leading engineering and consulting groups specialising in public transport and mobility solutions.

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University of New South Wales

UNSW Sydney values diversity of thought and experience and believes that an inclusive and collaborative culture underpins research and teaching excellence, and facilitates a positive student and staff experience.

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South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent flagship health and medical research institute. We’re home to more than 700 medical researchers, working together to tackle the biggest health challenges in society.

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We are an innovative science and technology company, offering engineering and management advice and services across the land, aerospace and maritime sectors.

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Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Science aims to be a leader in diversity and inclusion in Australia's science sector. We are committed to supporting excellence in science, and we recognise to achieve this we must celebrate and embrace diversity and inclusion in all its forms. 

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TPG Telecom

TPG Telecom is a full service telecommunications provider, which owns and operates nationwide mobile and fixed networks that are connect Australia.

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Macquarie University


Macquarie University was built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and transformational. We work to drive real change for diversity and inclusion in employment and education.

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WK Digital

WK Digital is a digital marketing & software development agency committed to championing gender equity in the tech sector by aligning with the Women in STEM Decadal Plan.

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Professionals Australia

Professionals Australia strongly supports the 10-year roadmap to increase women’s participation and retention in STEM. Our gender diversity advocacy emphasises systemic change at the enterprise and workforce levels.

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CoRE Learning Foundation

The CoRE Learning Foundation is a not for profit, industry, education, community and government collaboration with a +15 year vision to expand the CoRE Learning Model in Australian schools.

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gemaker helps Australia's researchers and innovators to have global impact by providing expert advice, services and training to commercialise new knowledge and technologies.

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Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones.

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St Vincent's Institute

St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research carries out the highest quality laboratory-based biomedical research in order to make discoveries that will improve the health of the community.

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Power of Engineering Inc

Power of Engineering aims to shape a diverse engineering workforce through practical and creative experiences for high school students in collaboration with universities and industry.

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Tech Girls Movement Foundation Ltd

We exist to give Australian schoolgirls access to technology and programs to build their skills and
confidence, developing a society in which girls confidently lead in STEM entrepreneurship.

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University of Wollongong

At the University of Wollongong we aspire to set the standard for inclusiveness, diversity and equity. We celebrate the diversity of our staff and recognise and reward their achievements.

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The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research is a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia, with funding support from the State Government of Western Australia.

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Raytheon Australia

As a national employer of highly-skilled engineers, Raytheon Australia is investing in the next generation of women engineers by creating pathways to fulfilling STEM careers.

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Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University is a regional institution. Our values are Inclusive, Impactful, Inspiring, and Insightful – and they drive us to be leaders in gender equity in our regions.

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Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering

Gender equity and diversity and inclusion are key strategic goals for the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, which is committed to leading positive change for the Academy itself and for Australia’s STEM community.

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The University of Queensland

Knowledge leadership for a better world. The University of Queensland positively influences society by engaging in the pursuit of excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. 

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University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland is a research-intensive regional Australian university dedicated to providing quality education in a flexible and supportive environment.

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Defence aims to build our workforce capability by harnessing the full scope of talent across the Australian community. As the demand for a technologically skilled workforce continues to increase, we are committed to partnering to build a diverse world-leading STEM talent pool for the future.    Contact Defence

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Northern Territory Government, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation aims to make the Northern Territory a vibrant and resilient economy for all Territorians, grow private investment and create jobs.

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Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute

Australia’s not-for-profit national voice and champion for mathematics and statistics, working with schools, universities, industry, philanthropy, government and the community to help shape policy and skill Australia for the future.    Contact AMSI

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ASTRO 3D, ARC Centre of Excellence

ASTRO 3D is an Australian Research Council Centre-of-Excellence. We have around 200 staff dedicated to answering fundamental questions about our Universe and inspiring the next generation of Australian scientific leaders.

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University provides industry-relevant teaching and research and is committed to a welcoming and inclusive environment for both its students and staff.

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Women in Technology WA

WiTWA is a Perth-based, not for profit organisation providing a framework for women in tech [+] to extend their networks and expanse their knowledge.

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The WISE Network is made up of a range of industry professionals passionate about achieving gender parity within the subsea and marine-based industries.

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University of Technology Sydney

UTS is, and always will be, a diverse and inclusive university, committed to social justice and the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our community.

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Griffith University

At Griffith, we believe in, strive for and celebrate the Remarkable. We are a progressive and highly respected university dedicated to learning, leadership and innovation.

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The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) is the professional body for the chemical sciences in Australia. We represent student and professional chemists in academia, education, government and industry.

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The University of Newcastle

Built on principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within regions throughout Australia and across the globe.

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Monash University

A focus on gender equity has been fundamental to our organisational strategy for more than three decades. We believe equity makes us better as a University and stronger as a community.

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney was one of the first universities in the world to have at its core a commitment to equality and inclusion. We remain committed to working towards gender equity and diversity to create a culture where all our staff and students feel truly included and valued. Contact University of Sydney

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Science & Technology Australia

Science & Technology Australia (STA) is committed to growing its national leadership for equity, diversity and inclusion in Australian STEM, and empowering others in the sector to work meaningfully towards better balance. Contact STA

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ANSTO is committed to always favour diversity of gender, age, race and religion to move us towards a more inclusive and progressive world. We are inspired by diversity of thought – where the rich differences of our people’s ideas and perspectives are a source of our ongoing success – imparting knowledge, diverse skills and ingenious thinking. Contact ANSTO

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Progress by the STEM sector


CSIRO has submitted their 2022 update as part of their Decadal Plan Champion commitment.


Franklin Women has submitted their 2022 update as part of their Decadal Plan Champion commitment.


Nokia has submitted their 2022-23 update as part of their Decadal Plan Champion commitment.


UNSW has submitted their 2022update as part of their Decadal Plan Champion commitment.

Mei Sun Yee, working on the field using a computer

The Women in STEM Decadal Plan was developed with the involvement of hundreds of organisations that participated in a national consultation process undertaken by the Australian Academy of Science in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

The plan provides a framework to ensure the STEM ecosystem is moving towards a shared vision. It outlines six opportunities for all stakeholders—government, academia, industry, education and the broader community—who have the power to act and create change.

The six opportunities are:

  • leadership and cohesion
  • evaluation
  • workplace culture
  • visibility
  • education
  • industry action

Together we must build on the efforts already underway across many STEM organisations, sharing knowledge, acting, evaluating and creating accountability.

Become a champion

To become a Women in STEM Decadal Plan Champion, provide a response outlining how you or your organisation’s gender equity activities align with the six opportunities identified in the decadal plan, now and in the future. Champions revisit their response every 12 months and provide an update reflecting their progress.

We will share your response here, providing a platform to celebrate progress, identify gaps and build a community of interest.

A response guide is available to assist you in generating a response.