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New Data Shows New Efforts Needed for Diversity in Science and Technology

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The Australian Government’s 2022 STEM Equity Monitor shows why new efforts are needed to address systemic barriers to greater diversity in the science and technology sector.

New data released today show that by 2021, the share of women in the total population working in STEM-qualified jobs will increase by 2 percentage points to 15%, and the number of women enrolled in college STEM courses will increase. increased by 24% between 2015 and 2020.

However, only 23% of senior executives and 8% of CEOs in STEM-qualified industries are women, and on average, women earn 18% less than men across all STEM industries.

Ed Husic, Minister of Industry and Science, said she wanted to create equal opportunities for women to learn, work and engage in STEM and create more pathways for First Nations, immigrants, mature workers and people living with disabilities. He said there is still a lot of work to be done to make it.

“We know that women remain chronically underrepresented when it comes to STEM, and that indigenous peoples are far less involved. We have issued a review to determine how we can reform the program,” said Minister Husic.

“The STEM Equity Monitor data add important information to inform our current situation. It emphasizes the importance of why renewed efforts are needed to break through.

“Not only is improving the diversity of our STEM and tech sectors the right thing to do, expanding our talent pipeline can have incredible benefits for our nation’s well-being. prize.”

Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, reiterated that more needs to be done to improve equity in STEM.

“The latest STEM Equity Monitor highlights the need for greater action by industry, communities and governments to address persistent barriers to participation in STEM education and careers.

“This is a collective imperative and we need to be strategic in our actions to promote equity. This is necessary to drive cultural and structural change and hold organizations accountable. It means investing in the right tools and infrastructure.”

New data will be published annually for 10 years starting in 2020 to provide a consistent evidence base.

The 2022 STEM Equity Monitor report and interactive data set are available at

A review released following the Jobs and Skills Summit limits the delivery and impact of existing programs under the government’s Women in STEM program suite and the participation and retention of women and other minority groups in STEM. We are investigating cultural and structural barriers.

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