2. Securing Australia’s Future – STEM: Country Comparisons

A vibrant capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is pivotal to increasing our nation’s productivity. Building on recent research commissioned by Australia's Chief Scientist to identify STEM skills shortages, this project will critically examine existing solutions to the STEM skills shortage in comparable countries and to ascertain which, if any, of those solutions could be usefully applied to the formation and maintenance of a STEM skills workforce and propose a set of options for increasing Australia’s productivity and international competitiveness.

Final Report

STEM: Country Comparisons, International comparisons of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, launched by Prof Ian Chubb AC FTSE at Parliament House on 5 June 2013, is now available: 


Expert Working Group

Professor Simon Marginson FASSA (Chair)

Professor Russell Tytler (Deputy)

Professor Stephen Gaukroger FAHA

Mr David Hind FTSE

Professor Nalini Joshi FAA

Professor Geoff Prince

Professor Sue Richardson FASSA

Links and Publications 

Media release announcing release of report.

Recommendations were developed by the Office of the Chief Scientist in consultation with relevant government departments and the expert working groups responsible for the reports. The recommendations can be found at Recommendations from the findings of the ACOLA report STEM: Country Comparisons

Read the Chief Scientist’s report, Mathematics, Engineering and Science in the National Interest here.

Science, maths crucial to stemming the slide. Expert Working Group Chair, Professor Simon Marginson, writing in the Higher Education supplement of the The Australian on 20 March 2013.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach: On July 31, Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb released the position paper: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach.” The paper presents an approach for a national strategy to guide Australia’s STEM enterprise and was released in an address to the National Press Club which you can watch here on the ABC website.

New advisory group on stem education and skills.  Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb has appointed a group to advise on strategies and priorities regarding STEM education, skills in the workplace and literacy for the community. The STEM Industry and Education Advisory Group offers a range of perspectives from academia, education, industry and research.