On 28 May 2019 the Western Australian Government launched the State STEM skills strategy, Future jobs, future skills – Driving STEM skills in Western Australia.

The strategy aims to build a globally competitive and innovative workforce with the skills to drive Western Australia’s technological future and create new job opportunities.

On 20 May 2018 the Government announced the strategy’s broad elements and $3.359 million to kick-start initiatives. These include $1.96 million for the STEM Enterprise Schools program, $738,000 for the Digital and Technology Skills Program and $502,000 for a State-wide STEM campaign.

To find out more download the full strategy.

A brochure outlining the broad elements of the strategy was published in May 2018.

STEM Advisory Panel

The strategy has been developed by the STEM Advisory Panel chaired by Western Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken, and comprising experts from the school education, industry, vocational education and training, university and community sectors.

  • Department of Education 
  • Australian Information Industry Association
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
  • Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia
  • StartupWA
  • Rio Tinto
  • Woodside
  • Engineers Australia
  • UnionsWA
  • Western Australian Museum
  • Scitech
  • State Training Board
  • Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation 
  • Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia
  • Catholic Education Western Australia
  • School Curriculum and Standards Authority
  • Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia
  • Curtin University
  • University of Western Australia (representing Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University,  the University of Notre Dame and the University of  Western Australia)
  • Independent experts in STEM education, indigenous culture, innovation and technology 

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