Central to a competitive and growing Australian economy is a high-tech future, a dynamic science and innovation system and a sustainable STEM workforce.
The Goldman Sachs & JBWere report Australia’s hidden resource: the economic case for increasing Female Participation estimated that the increase in the female employment participation rate since 1974 has boosted Australian economic activity by 22%. The report also predicts that closing the gap between male and female employment rates would boost the level of Australian GDP by 11%. Gender equality and diversity are an economic imperative for Australia.
The factors leading to unequal outcomes for male and female STEM professionals are complex but the greater our understanding of gender issues in the STEM professions, the better placed we are to develop strategies and policy settings to both grow the economy and ensure employers have access to a broad, high-quality pool of STEM talent. We need to look at ways to tackle entrenched biases in work practices, provide flexible work arrangements that facilitate participation and inclusion for males and females across all stages of their careers and to address cultural impediments to attracting and retaining as diverse a workforce as possible.
If you are a woman working in a STEM-related field, we’re inviting you to participate in a survey for APESMA.
Click here to complete the survey
APESMA is particularly interested in hearing the views of female professionals working in engineering, science, IT and other technical professions.
The survey will close on 27th April.