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The Academy will be working with cohorts of young Indigenous women from Year 8 through to University.

Students will come from all over Australia. The program is place-based and will be rolled-out in communities across the country. New regions will come online each year, to reach the target of 600 participants by 2023.

Upcoming recruitment

Complete and sign the application form

Email/print the application PDF (757 KB) off for parents/carers and teachers to fill out and sign.

Eligibility criteria

  • Students must be Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
  • Students must be female or female-identifying.
  • Students must be passing English, Maths and Science at school.

Year 8 recruitment

  • Northern Territory
  • West Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba
  • Central NSW

Year 9 recruitment

To apply, download the application form PDF (757 KB)


  • Please download and save the application – it cannot be completed online.
  • Complete all sections of the application form and sign.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants must attach their most recent school report to the application email.
  • Return the completed application to the Academy team at:
  • Please note there is no application closing date.

Application help

If you need help with your application or you are unsure if you are able to apply

Please contact us

Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy


Recruitment will occur across Australia

Map of Australia showing student recruitment locations

  • 2019 - Cairns and the Torres Strait, Townsville and Palm Island
  • 2020 - Blacktown and Penrith, Central Coast NSW, Perth, WA and remote regions
  • 2021 - Western Plains, NSW, Brisbane and west surrounds (Toowoomba, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley), Darwin and NT/North WA (the Kimberley) and remote regions
  • 2022 - Newcastle, Cessnock, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie in NSW, Brisbane and north surrounds (Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast), Bendigo/Ballarat, Vic and Tasmania and remote regions
  • 2023 - Illawarra and Campbelltown, NSW, ACT, Brisbane and south surrounds (Redland, Gold Coast, Logan) and Port Augusta, SA and remote areas
The Academy will be working with cohorts of young Indigenous women across Australia from Year 8 through to University.

Number of students each year


  • Year 8: 50 students
  • Year 11: 25 students
  • First year university: 25 students


  • Year 8: 100 students
  • Year 11: 25 students
  • First year university: 25 students


  • Year 8: 125 students
  • Year 11: 25 students


  • Year 8: 100 students


  • Year 8: 100 students

2023 is the last year for recruitment. The following years will be focussed on supporting participants from high school through to university.

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