Recipient Organisation Project Description Grant (excl. GST) Expected Total Investment (excl. GST) Project Locations
University of Melbourne Building on the success of Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (AMSI) national postgraduate internship program’s focus on female STEM participation in industry-based research internships, this project will place 113 female STEM postgraduate research students into industry internships over three years. The project will also deliver an annual Careers and Entrepreneurship Masterclass, available to all female STEM research students, to build their research commercialisation skills. AMSI’s APR.Intern will manage the intern placements, which will be enhanced by a $7,500 rebate for industry participants. This rebate will drive industry demand for interns and aim for an increase in female postgraduate STEM participation in industry internships from the current 41% to 45% by 2025. $998,108 $2,410,608 Vic
University of Western Australia Quantum Girls expands Einstein-First science education by combining with UWA/Pawsey Quantum Computing to create a national education program designed to enhance female participation in all aspects of modern quantum science which underpins the STEM economy. Einstein-First already proved its ability to reverse the decline in teenage female attitudes to STEM. Quantum Girls will train 200 female teachers online, who will teach Einstein-First plus quantum computing to 11-15 year olds, coordinate afterschool Quantum Girls STEM clubs, and national Quantum Girls Hackathons supported by a team of role model inspirers. Combined with new micro-credential teacher training, evaluation of this 100-school program will define a path to future expansion. $878,977 $933,977 WA
University of Technology Sydney This project collates best practice across 3 interstate universities (The University of Technology Sydney, The University of Adelaide and RMIT University) for impactful, sustainable and scalable engagement across the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) pipeline. These universities deliver multi-touchpoint school outreach with embedded evaluation reaching students (primary/secondary) and their key influencers (families/educators). Programs incorporate diverse role models and industry mentors including gender, location, LGBTQIA+ and socioeconomic status.
We will collaboratively develop and freely share multi-touchpoint STEM school outreach experience, foster a community of practice and integrate industry experience. This will enable national scaling of evaluated outreach programs and long-term change to address the STEM gender gap.
$995,664 $1,427,471 NSW, Vic & SA
RBG Enterprises Pty Ltd WILD OnBoard is an Australia-first initiative that will launch the board careers of female leaders in STEM. Building on successful delivery of the WILD Program pilot, WILD OnBoard will foster homegrown talent and provide opportunities for 50 female leaders to attain board positions, thereby delivering much needed improvements in diversity on Australian boards. The program achieves impact at the individual level via greater visibility, board connections, professional coaching and immersion in boardroom culture; and drives cultural change by helping companies overcome stereotypes and bias, and realise the benefit of diverse perspectives on decision making and business performance. $999,322 $999,322 Vic
Austmine Limited The project establishes a structured process to increase participation of women in the Mining Equipment, Technology & Services (METS) sector and enhance career development through leadership opportunities, work experience, skills development and engaging in new networks. The opportunity is for STEM female graduates to contribute to this innovative sector which currently has low female participation and a shortage of STEM skills critical to meet growing technology challenges. Activities are designed to improve the perception of the METS sector with female university students studying STEM while also addressing barriers to female participation. A vibrant Women in METS community will connect students and the sector beyond the project. $649,159 $793,259 NSW
Women in Technology WA (Inc.) Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) developed Techtrails Incursions and the Careers Discovery Platform as a result of WISE grant funding in 2017. This delivered proven and successful STEM initiatives that increase girls participation in STEM education.
There is scope to further our reach through our proposed WiTWA+ Techtrails Future STEM Skills Initiative to include parents, educators and the wider community in education that promotes systemic change, reducing the barriers female students face when pursuing STEM education.
This project will expand on delivering increased Techtrails School Incursions in metro and regional WA, advisory workshops to parents and educators, and further careers on discovery platforms and resource development.
$785,120 $785,120 WA
GMIC Limited This project will strengthen the Geelong Manufacturing Council’s (GMC’s) highly successful Women in Manufacturing Network (WIMN) Mentoring & Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing (GLAM) initiatives, into the multi-touchpoint Seed to STEM (S2S) Program.
GMC will formalise partnerships with schools, VET institutions, employment agencies and industry groups, engage on-ground facilitators to bolster regional enrolment (>300%), attract diverse program mentorship and expand regionally (Bendigo/Ballarat/Colac).
Women facing intersectional barriers, incl. First Nations/low-income/refugee women will receive sponsored enrolments, and regional data regarding systemic issues facing women in STEM will be collected/disseminated to the community.
$954,000 $1,029,000 Vic
Flinders University Our ‘STEM Enrichment Academy- Phase II’ will build STEM capabilities in Year 9 girls and teachers from regional and suburban schools in SA and NT. Our previous STEM Enrichment Academy I reached hundreds of SA schoolgirls, reversing attitudes on STEM and driving enrolment (91%) in year 11/12 STEM subjects. We propose to engage a further 1000 girls and also build capability in the STEM teaching workforce through a specifically designed STEM enhancement course. Our program will include monthly hands-on skills-enrichment workshops (including industry visits), mentorship by female STEM role models, a 3-day STEM Enrichment conference with industry immersion and hands-on workshops focused on physics, and a STEM skills development day for teachers. $996,144 $996,144 SA & NT
Settlement Services International Limited Ignite Female Founders (IFF) will see the expansion SSI’s successful IGNITE program in locations across Australia. This expansion will see IFF support 400 women including from refugee, CALD and Indigenous communities, regions and women with disability to go from business concept to successfully trading via the provision of tailored support and female led mentoring.
Ignite facilitates business creation through up to 36 months of support focusing on practical business assistance and developing the characteristic and traits of entrepreneurs. SSI will engage with women with entrepreneurial aspirations who are unable to access traditional small business support reducing their barriers to and increasing their engagement in entrepreneurship.
$750,000 $1,063,361 NSW & Vic
Code Like a Girl Pty Ltd Leveraging Code Like a Girl's success in educating, placing, upskilling & supporting hundreds of women in tech, we are expanding our Partner Program & scaling our School of Code. This will expand our course range; internship placement positions & capacity to deliver gender informed change management programs within industry. This will directly & impactfully increase the education pathways & employment outcomes for diverse women experiencing multiple & overlapping barriers to accessing positions of employment & leadership in the sector where our future is being designed. We will also be sharing our learnings, failures, & intellectual property from 5 years of supporting women, girls & industry leaders in tech, through our Partner Summit. $880,000 $1,857,500 Vic
The University of Wollongong The LIFT program will expand and connect existing strengths in women’s STEM and Entrepreneurship (STEM-E) education, participation and leadership in the Illawarra. LIFT will target all stages of the pipeline: inspiring and training STEM pre-service and active teachers, building a diverse STEM-E pipeline, supporting leadership and wider innovation ecosystem participation. All aspects of LIFT will engage each other and the broader community, with participants paying it forward as active role models.
Together with our industry partners, the LIFT program will empower STEM-E women to rise to new heights, encouraging a “lift as you climb” legacy, eliminating barriers and expanding influence on future generation of girls and women in STEM.
$997,891 $1,179,891 NSW
STEM Sisters VIC Incorporated This project aims to drive lasting systemic change by supporting Women of Colour (WOC) to overcome the intersectional barriers of gender and racial bias to increase the participation of WOC in STEM education and careers and increase their representation in STEM decision-making positions. It will see the expansion of the successful STEM Sisters program in Victoria to provide more Women of Colour across Australia with STEM Sisters’ high impact programs to support WOC at all levels of their careers in STEM. Key activities are career development and mentoring programs, and the creation of a network that connects WOC in STEM to each other, to career opportunities and provides a safe space to foster a sense of belonging for WOC in STEM. $1,000,000 $1,210,000 Vic
KAEA Pty Ltd The geospatial industry in Australia is experiencing significant growth underpinned by increasing demand for geospatial data, with data and digital skills dominating the fastest growing emerging skills across the economy. However, numerous reports point to the looming skilled labour shortfall. This proposal brings together and builds upon successful programs that target girls in late primary school and into secondary school, to foster a stronger connection to the geospatial and space sectors. It takes already successful initiatives, and forms a collaborative ecosystem connected to industry, research, and education to develop a pipeline of girls excited about and ready to build an education and career in the space and spatial industry. $997,700 $997,700 Qld, NSW, Vic
Food Futures Company Pty Ltd This scaleup project expands current work aimed at increasing participation of Indigenous women in the native agrifood sector (currently <2%). The intersectional approach addresses multiple barriers experienced by Indigenous women. Expansion includes 15 regional Project Hubs nationally and increased number of participants from 80 to >700 in STEM & Entrepreneurship Pathways support initiatives. Outcomes include: increased awareness and capability; growth in number and success of new ventures led by Indigenous women; more Indigenous girls in STEM and entrepreneurship education; visibility of Indigenous role models; strong support networks. A sustainable business model will ensure capacity to deliver long term systemic change. $975,000 $1,495,000 SA, Qld, NSW & Vic
Indigenous Entrepreneur Network Ltd The We Mean Business (WMB) project is designed to actively empower Indigenous women entrepreneurs. By addressing the distinct intersectional barriers to participation faced by Indigenous women and girls over centuries, the WMB project will seek to dismantle the paradigm that undervalues strong family, culture and community connection in the marketplace. The Indigenous-led project will combine culturally-appropriate confidence building and coaching sessions with business accelerator training anchored in the innovation ecosystem to support the establishment of business networks that enable the existing and enduring entrepreneurial spirit of Indigenous women and girls to thrive. $951,400 $996,400 Qld, SA, Tas, NSW and NT
Macquarie University The Girls to Graduates (G2G) project delivers a cohesive, integrated and sustainable approach to address under-representation of girls and women from equity backgrounds in STEM. Extending existing award-winning initiatives, the project captivates and engages girls in primary school in STEM; encourages girls in high school to be confident and build capacity; enables their transition to higher education STEM courses; and empowers and supports their University learning journey by reducing financial barriers, providing opportunities to engage with academic, research and industry mentors, partners and the community of G2G participants and facilitating the move to STEM research, career or entrepreneurship. G2G delivers a pathway to STEM success. $971,747 $1,352,857 NSW
STEM Education Group Australia Pty Ltd Street Science SISTA is a national STEM engagement project which works to harness a love of learning in girls aged 5 to 15 through the provision of a series of targeted opportunities to get hands-on and investigate the crucial role that Science and Technology plays in their lives. This project is one of the largest STEM Engagement opportunities ever provided to girls in Australia, and uses a series of uniquely engineered programs which allow repeated access to world class female educators who provide exhilarating and contextualised presentations and hands-on activities to link their learnings to real world outcomes. This project provides girls with access to female scientists and mentors to look up to for years to come. $1,000,000 $2,851,300 Qld

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