Boosting Queensland women’s participation in STEM
The CSIRO has received a $248,000 grant to deliver a Queensland project aimed at breaking down barriers that prevent girls and women getting into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education and careers.
Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Assistant Minister for Women, Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker says the Morrison Government is delivering the grant through the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) program – with nearly $2 million allocated to boost the representation of women and girls in IT, engineering and entrepreneurial subjects.
Senator Stoker welcomed the grant, which will help ensure a strong pipeline of STEM-qualified workers - essential to Australia’s future economic growth.
“The Coalition is focused on increasing STEM participation by women, girls and underrepresented groups, to drive Australia’s ability to stay at the forefront of new scientific and medical discoveries, breakthrough technologies, and global progress.
“This project will empower Indigenous women and rangers to engage with digital tech, artificial intelligence (AI) and data analysis to adaptively manage their lands, drawing on the Healthy Country AI research.
“This will improve participants’ digital literacy and empower them to translate digital skills into job opportunities.
“Grants like these allow Queensland girls and women to participate and collaborate in national initiatives aiming to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM education and careers, and has huge potential to create new jobs in Queensland.”
The WISE program has provided $9.95 million in funding for projects to date. More information is available at www.business.gov.au/wise.
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