This document is for archive purposes, please see the most recent policy statement.
This is an exciting time in Australia for the mathematical sciences, and for science, technology and engineering. We have before us the Chief Scientist’s proposal for a comprehensive plan for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future — and a government which is responding to it. The next 12 months will tell if we can shrug off a history of piecemeal policies and programs tied to the electoral cycle. Will we move forward in a strategic way that connects long term strategies for innovation and competitiveness, education and training, research and international engagement, all underpinned by a commitment to STEM, or fail where our competitors are succeeding?
See also our publication Discipline Profile of the Mathematical Sciences 2015