Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Decadal Plan


The Australian Government has asked the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering to develop a Women in STEM Decadal Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide a 10-year roadmap for achieving sustained increases in women’s STEM participation and retention from school through to careers.

We define women in this plan to include all cisgender, transgender, non-binary and intersex persons who identify as girls or women.

Australia’s future workforce will need skills and knowledge to equip them for the technology-driven careers that are emerging or yet to be developed. To ensure Australia remains innovative and globally competitive, we need to continue to support and develop our STEM capabilities.

The plan will identify the barriers and enablers that affect women’s participation, retention and success in all areas of the STEM sector, from primary, secondary and tertiary (university and TAFE/VET) education, to all levels and stages of careers in academia, government, industry and private enterprise.

Visit the full website for the decadal plan.

Expert Working Group

The project is being jointly managed by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and is overseen by an Expert Working Group  that provides independent advice building on existing research.


The decadal plan will be informed by a broad range of views in Australia. The consultation process will include written submissions, community forums, and semi-structured interviews with selected stakeholders.

The aim of the consultation is to hear the views of the sector, learn from their experiences, draw out new ideas and build a sense of unity in working towards a plan which will be accepted and embraced across the sector.

How you can take part

A discussion paper and other background material is available to provide a basis for the consultations. Written submissions are encouraged from individuals and organisations and can be submitted until 8 October 2018.

Community consultation forums will be held from mid-September through to the end of October 2018 in every state and territory. People who are unable to attend in person may wish to attend the webinar consultation.

Find out the dates and venues for a forum near you, and register your interest in attending.


Join our mailing list to stay up to date with the progress of the decadal plan.

If you have specific input or would like to engage with the Expert Working Group, please contact us via email at WomeninSTEM@science.org.au,  or call the project manager Dr Sandra Gardam on 02 6201 9426.

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