In a world of constant change, it is critical that the Australian population has the right skills to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the technological and innovative advancements happening around the world. An understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is invaluable to developing these skills.
In light of this, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science commissioned Youthlnsight to conduct a nationwide study of Australian students' attitudes and behaviours towards STEM education and careers in STEM-related fields.
The study was carried out online, and surveyed 2,000 students aged between 12 and 25 years from all states and territories. The results provide a national benchmark of awareness and perceptions held by young Australians towards STEM.