Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships

This page provides information on the new Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships Program.

About the program

The program supports women working in paid employment to undertake higher education study in a STEM field at the following qualification levels:

  • Diploma
  • Associate Degree
  • Advanced Diploma.

The 2020-21 Budget committed $25.1 million from 2020-21 to 2024-25 to the program.

Participating higher education providers will receive a grant to deliver the approved courses.

Employers will also receive grant funds to help with some of the costs associated with flexible work arrangements. 

Application round

Applications were invited from higher education providers to deliver courses under the program in December 2020. Applications closed in January 2021.

A total of 18 higher education providers have been approved to deliver 37 STEM or Agriculture courses, with the potential to support nearly 600 women across Australia.

Approved providers have identified more than 40 employers to potentially participate in the program, drawn from a variety of industries.

Approved providers

The following higher education providers have been approved to deliver courses under the program:

  • Academy of Information Technology
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Curtin University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash College
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • TAFE Queensland
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Sunshine Coast
  • Victoria University

Further information

For more information about the Program requirements for higher education providers, employers and employees, read the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) Amendment (Women in STEM) 2020, or visit the program’s Frequently Asked Questions page.


For questions about the program please contact DESE-tertiaryprojects@dese.gov.au.