Project information

With the support of the BHP Billiton Foundation, this new education project is aimed at increasing participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are six program elements to the project, which caters to the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as they progress through primary, secondary and tertiary education, and into employment.

  • Our sponsor

    This project is funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation and managed by CSIRO. CSIRO and BHP Billiton Foundation believe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have extraordinary contributions to make across cultural, economic and scientific domains.

  • Overview

    The project provides supported pathways that aim to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in STEM-related professions. Recognising the fundamental importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and identity in student achievement, a strong cultural, as well as a rigorous academic focus, is guiding the development, implementation and evaluation of the project.

  • Goals and outcomes

    The overarching project goal is to provide supported pathways that improve the participation and achievement of Indigenous students in STEM subjects. The aspirational goal is to increase Indigenous representation in STEM-related professions.

  • Our story

    The rationale and meaning behind the distinct visual identity for the project is based on Indigenous culture and the journey of learning.

  • Our activity

    Google map displaying our project activity and staff locations across Australia.

  • Launch

    The project was launched by the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry and Science, in Canberra on 30 September 2014 with senior representatives from BHP Billiton and CSIRO, along with well-known and respected Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders.

  • Contact info

    If you have a general enquiry about the project or would like to find out more about how to get involved in any of the program elements, a full list of contacts is provided.


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