1 May 2018

Australian STEM education seems caught in a whirlpool of problems that are contributing to one another. Student engagement and performance in STEM are declining, but we do not have the supply of qualified teachers we need to improve learning. The STEM curriculum is unbalanced and...


12 Nov 2017

This report shares useful insights for individuals, families and organisations about what can be done today to shape a positive future of work for all Australians.


2 Nov 2017

Girls are taking up STEM subjects at a much lower rate than girls, partly due to gender bias in the community, and it could hurt their chances in the job market down the track


30 Oct 2017

This report on why many girls do not pursue study and careers in STEM has recommended a range of initiatives and programs to encourage girls’ participation in these subjects at school to better equip them to pursue careers in what are the fastest growing occupations...


21 Sep 2017

This e-brief reviews government policies aimed at improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outcomes in NSW schools.

Working paper

13 Apr 2017

We use linked employer-employee data from 2004–2012, combined with individual qualifications data from 1994–2012, to study how graduates with different skills fare in the labour market in the six years after studying. We find that graduates experience improvements in earnings, and that they systematically move...


14 Dec 2016

Australian women are significantly underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, with less than one in ten engineering graduates being female.

The Curious Minds program aims to address that, by matching promising high school students with women working in the STEM sector....


18 Oct 2016

The concept of ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has influenced many education and workforce strategies and policies. Generally, the focus has been on how the school and university sectors can help equip the workforce with the STEM-related skills and knowledge considered necessary for the...


18 Oct 2016

The generality of the umbrella term 'STEM' as a synonym for a diverse group of skills and academic fields poses various problems in terms of workforce planning and targeted interventions.

This summary brings together findings from NCVER research investigating educational and occupational concepts and...


7 Aug 2016


Many recent science and information technology graduates are failing to find full-time work at a time when science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is a priority for government and industry.

Mapping Australian higher education 2016 shows that in 2015,...


1 Mar 2016

A new report by the Office of the Chief Scientist provides the first detailed analysis of Australia’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) trained workforce.

By investigating the demographics, industries, occupations and salaries of STEM workers, the report is a valuable resource for students,...


31 Jul 2015


The Australian Academy of Science welcomes the opportunity to comment on the suite of strategies and measures outlined in the Australian Government’s Vision for a Science Nation consultation paper.

Overall, these proposals respond well to the majority of recommendations set out...


1 Dec 2014

When compared with 11 Western European countries, the United States and Canada, Australia performs well in the share of the world’s top 1 per cent of cited research papers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


In March 2014 the Office...

Journal article

28 Jul 2014

Over the past decade, primary/middle pre-service teachers at the University of South Australia have been employing socio-scientific issues (SSIs) as the basis of planning meaningful and connected science and mathematics experiences for students in low socio economic schools. We have used the philosophic and pragmatic...


15 Apr 2014

Along with students from over 60 countries, New Zealand’s Year 9 students took part in the 2010/11 cycle of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2010/11). This study measures trends in mathematics and science achievement in Years 5 and 9 and identifies...


20 Jan 2012

Key findings:

More than 40 per cent of students surveyed did not feel encouraged to do well in maths and science by their teachers at high school.

“That was also another influence with me with maths and biology. I did biology in year...


1 Nov 2006

This CHASS report details the benefits to Australia of encouraging big collaborative research projects, to provide solutions to the big problems the country faces. These 'big issues' include caring for an ageing population, maintaining water supply, cyber crime, and aboriginal health and welfare....


This research reports on key findings from an international investigation into what others are doing around the world in OECD countries to engage young people, particularly girls, in STEM. This research was conducted by Barbara Cail STEM Fellows, Ms Chapman and Dr Vivian, who travelled...



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