According to the Budget papers, the money will be apportioned beginning in 2018-19.
A sum of $1.8 million will be available in the first year, followed by $1.1 million (2019-20), and $800,000 in each of 2020-21 and 2021-22.
The funding will be used towards:
- the Women in Science Strategy;
- a decade-long plan for women in science, to provide a roadmap for sustained increases in women’s STEM participation;
- the work of the new Women in STEM Ambassador who will focus on promoting STEM in schools and to school-aged girls; and
- the development and distribution of a STEM Choices resources kit to address the under-representation of girls in STEM education.
“The government is making a move in the right direction, with the commitment to a 10-year plan to increase female involvement in STEM education and careers. Now is the time to invest in improving female participation in the digital economy, which will benefit from a more diverse workforce.
“Industry has a responsibility to back the government’s focus on female participation in STEM and invest in programs which will move the needle. This is why we’re working with Schools Plus to bring industry insight and exposure to low socio-economic schools across the country as part of the Circle the Schools program. We’re calling for more technology businesses to engage with the education system and support the formulation of the 10-year strategy.
“The 10-year strategy should leverage free online training platforms which allow women to gain the skills needed to access the technology jobs of the future. We’ve seen trailblazers, like Rebecca Aichholzer, already using Salesforce’s Trailhead to gain the technology skills needed for a successful job in technology.”