Professionals Australia has made a submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Consultation on the Women in STEM Principles and Actions being developed for APEC.
The aim of APEC’s Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation is to establish clear principles that can support greater opportunities for Women in STEM across the region. The Australian Government is supporting the development of these principles. Professionals Australia suggested that the principles acknowledge the need to address factors contributing to the attrition of women from the STEM workforce and women’s over-representation in lower paid, less senior, less secure roles in particular disciplines and industries. We also suggested that the principles should acknowledge the complicating factors that contribute to attrition of women from the STEM workforce including race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, disability and age, that women are a diverse group and a diverse range of strategies will be needed to address their underrepresentation in the STEM workforce and that the principles should specifically acknowledge the need to develop policies and strategies at the workplace level to address the underrepresentation of and attrition of women in and from the STEM workforce. Further information on the consultation is available here.