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.

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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.

Contact Professionals Australia

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

CoRE Learning Foundation

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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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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.

Contact SAHMRIe

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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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WISE

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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gemaker

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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QinetiQ

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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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Leadership

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Visibility

Australian Academy of Science Council takes Panel Pledge to encourage gender diversity

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Leadership

Rapid Research Information Forum publishes a brief overview of the impact of COVID-19 on women in the STEM workforce

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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.