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