ATSE’s Education Forum brings together eminent experts to provide evidence-based advice on employment, education, training and skills. 

Australia’s innovation-led economy will need more high-performing professionals with advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge, skills and qualifications.

Australia’s workforce needs to be resilient and responsive if we are to ensure we have enough science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers in the roles where they are needed most.

Australia needs to design its STEM ecosystem in a manner that ensures we are accounting for the STEM skills we need both now, and into the future. Our national strategy needs to be robust, evidence-based, promote continual learning, and take a holistic, systems-thinking view of both challenges and opportunities.

The Forum is currently undertaking projects related to STEM skills shortages, developing a National Skills Taxonomy and improving maths and digital skills in schools. 


2. IMG Our Priorities 8
Our STEM skilled future — An education roadmap for an innovative workforce

Australia is faced with a national skills crisis.The Fellows at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) have identified five key areas that require immediate attention if we are to unlock the country’s technological potential.

STEM education


Forum leadership

Co-Deputy Chair: Professor Iven Mareels FTSE 
Co-Deputy Chair: Professor Katrina Falkner FTSE 
Appointed Member: Professor Robyn Owens AM FTSE FAA 


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Mar 2024
The Universities Accord can deliver the STEM skills Australia needs

The Universities Accord conclusion is unequivocal – Australia must give more people from more backgrounds access to high-quality education to solve our skills crisis and capitalise on our opportunity to emerge as a STEM superpower.

STEM careers
STEM education
Engineering Diversity
Aug 2023
Diversity in STEM Review offers tangible actions for smashing barriers to education and careers

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has welcomed the Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review draft recommendations released today by Minister Ed Husic.

Diversity & inclusion
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Mar 2023
Submission to the inquiry into the perceptions and status of vocational education and training

The vocational education and training (VET) sector must play a core role in developing a culture of lifelong STEM.

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Apr 2023
Submission to the Teacher Education Expert Panel Discussion Paper Consultation

It is important for STEM education to be integrated within Initial Teacher Education as well as ongoing professional development to develop expertise and maintain currency throughout a teaching career.

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Sep 2023
Reshaping tertiary education and research for the future of all Australia

The Universities Accord review is a once in-a-generation opportunity to create a higher education and research system capable of solving the greatest challenges facing Australia’s future.  

STEM education
ATSE Education 3
Apr 2023
Submission to the Education Legislation Amendment (Startup Year and Other Measures) Bill 2023 [Provisions]


ATSE’s STEM expertise


SDG Roundel

#4 – Quality Education

#8 – Decent work and economic growth

#10 – Reduce inequalities