Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews said in a statement that the toolkit would be created by ESA using $580,000 in funding allocated in the May Federal Budget.
The statement said this initiative was aimed at addressing the gender bias and stereotyping in science and mathematics, which begin in primary school and continue through high school to university and research.
The government announced $4.5 million in new funding in the Budget to encourage more women to pursue STEM education and careers. Previous investments, made through the National Innovation and Science Agenda, total $13 million.
“The Girls in STEM Toolkit will feature articles and case studies to motivate students on a new digital platform to be launched next year,” Andrews said.
“Increasing female participation in STEM will make Australia’s research, scientific and business capability stronger.
“We need all our young people to understand the importance of STEM skills to jobs of the future and the Coalition’s toolkit will help young women further engage with STEM subjects."
She said the toolkit would include practical resources for educators, career counsellors and families, so that girls would receive support at school and at home.
“Australia’s future success depends on us developing and encouraging the next generation of scientists, problem solvers and leaders – regardless of their gender, background or any other factor," Andrews added.
“By providing our girls studying STEM with information and encouragement to stick with it, we will help them achieve their full potential as scientists, innovators or entrepreneurs.”