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Science, technology, engineering and maths education – the key to Australia’s future


The Hon Senator Scott Ryan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator Scott Ryan, today opened the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Symposium in Melbourne to hear what teachers and academics had to say about increasing the uptake of STEM studies in schools and universities.

Increasing the study of STEM subjects will be a core focus of the Australian Government.

“The Australian Government is determined to lift the profile of science, technology, engineering and maths in Australian schools,” Senator Ryan said.

“That’s because we understand that Australian businesses will increasingly need Australians who are highly skilled in engineering, maths, the sciences and technology.

“We understand these types of industries and skills are the key to our national prosperity into the future and we want to equip kids to thrive in the knowledge based economy of the future.

“The Victorian Government has been most generous in co-hosting this important event – as has the John Monash Science School – a leader in excellence in science education – in providing the venue.” 

To help raise the profile of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths study in schools, the Australian Government will:

• ensure STEM subjects get more attention during teacher training;
• work with state and territory governments to ensure these subjects are given a greater focus in schools; and
• continue the “Primary Connections: Linking Science with Literacy” and “Science by Doing” education programmes.

“These three measures are important steps towards increasing the number of students studying science and mathematics subjects,” Senator Ryan said.

For more information about the Australian Government’s education policies, visit the Department of Education website.