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Individualised support is given to young Indigenous women participants in the form of tutoring, specialist STEM activities, mentors, peer networks and regular school and wellbeing visits.

The STEM Academy leverages existing STEM and Commonwealth support to ensure that all students that start their degree are able to complete their degree. After completing higher education, Academy students transition into further education or STEM related careers with the assistance of delivery partners, CareerTrackers. They remain part of the Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy Alumni.


Program activities

The below are examples of the types of things on offer. However these may change year on year and do not include individual opportunities that may be offered per student.

Year 8

Residential camp featuring STEM activities, online assemblies where students will virtually connect across sites via videoconferencing, the development of an individually tailored ‘Personal Success Plan’ and monthly school and wellbeing visits.

Year 9

Participation in programs including Bebras (computational thinking competition), CREST (Creativity in Engineering, Science and Technology), online assemblies, Personal Success Planning, work experience preparation and monthly school and wellbeing visits.

Year 10

Participation in programs including Bebras, CREST, work experience, online assemblies, Personal Success Planning, a STEM extension residential camp and monthly school and wellbeing visits.

Work experience will be arranged as part of the student’s individual ‘Personal Success Planning’ and will be subject to additional consent from parents/guardians.

Year 11

Participation in programs including CyberTaipan, CREST, Personal Success Planning, online assemblies and monthly school and wellbeing visits.

Year 12

Participation in programs including CREST, online assemblies and transition to Academy partners' CareerTrackers.

University, VET or other higher education

Join the CareerTrackers program and complete internships in the winter and summer university break. Receive continued support from dedicated student advisors, CSIRO and access to things like conferences, or professional development and training.

Professional Development with CareerTrackers

Objective Standard CareerTrackers program STEM specific program
  • Fortnightly contact with your Student Advisor throughout the year.
  • Monthly meetings with your Student Advisor focused on personal and professional development.
  • Dedicated support while interning to ensure you are well supported in the workplace.
  • Access to a STEM industry mentor to support your professional development and academic achievement.
  • Activities and events exclusive to STEM students.
  • Development of a personalised career plan.
  • Undertake group and one-on-one interview preparation training to ensure you are ready to earn your internship.
  • Participate in world-class leadership and development workshops to prepare you for your career.
  • STEM-focused webinars featuring industry-leading speakers.
  • Complete paid internships upon completion of year 12 and throughout your university studies aligned with your career aspirations.
  • Deliver presentations to business leaders and receive formal performance feedback to help you grow.
  • Work in an organisation related to your field of STEM study.
  • Network and work for some of Australia’s most successful industry leaders.
  • Attend our annual Leadership Development Institute each year throughout your degree.
  • Complete world-class training programs focused on leadership development.
  • Support high school students in a week-long Work Shadowing program highlighting careers in STEM.
  • Build life-long connections with the CareerTrackers cohort.
  • Participate in workshops and events hosted by our ecosystem partners.
  • Give back as an alumnus at program events.
  • Build awareness on careers in STEM, support the next generation of STEM professionals, and connect with peers.

CareerTrackers timeline

Year 12  
Program Orientation* March - April
CV Writing & Company Matching* March - April
Interview Preparation Training* April - May
Networking Events April - May
Interview May - July
Kick Off Event January
Internship January
University Semester 1 Semester 2
Program Orientation* March August
CV Writing & Company Matching* March - April August - September
Interview Preparation Training* April September
Networking Events April - May August - October
Interview* May October - November
Kick Off Event June November
Internship June - July November - February
Program Day June - July November - December
Christmas / New Year Shutdown
December - January
LDI National Conference

*You’ll only need to complete tasks once when you first join CareerTrackers.

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