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Defence envisions a high-tech future based on skilled workforce

13 August 2019
Media Release
Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro.
Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro.

Defence has released its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Workforce Strategic Vision 2019-2030 in Canberra as part of its celebrations marking National Science Week.

Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro, said the Department of Defence would collaborate with industry and academia to build the high tech workforce required to meet Australia’s future Defence and national security needs.

“These are the careers of the future and competition for people with these qualifications is fierce - it is estimated that 75 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the world today require people with STEM skills.”

“In Australia there is a growing requirement for a workforce with the necessary skills to drive innovation and ensure we remain competitive in a tough global economy.

“Defence aims to shape the national agenda in science, technology, engineering and maths studies and inspire future generations of Australians to pursue careers within Defence.

“If Defence is to develop a high-tech force, it needs a larger and more specialised STEM workforce of both uniformed and civilian personnel.

“It also needs a continuous and reliable pipeline of graduates with science, technology, engineering and maths backgrounds to attract and retain the best and the brightest in their fields.”

This year, Defence is expanding its STEM cadetship program from 50 interns to 200 cadets. This creates new opportunities for students to start developing their career at Defence whilst undertaking their studies.

Download the STEM vision strategy here.


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