Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships

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

About the program

The program has capacity to support up to 600 women working in paid employment to undertake higher education study in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (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.

Eligible employers are also potentially eligible to receive grant funds to help with some of the costs associated with providing flexible work arrangements. 

Second Application Round 2022

Applications for Round 2 of the Women in STEM Program are now open for eligible higher education and NUHEP providers to apply for employer-reserved places under the Program. Applications open on 4 April 2022 and close 5pm AEST 9 May 2022.

Find out more about 2022 Women in STEM Application Round 2.

Program objectives

The Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships Program aims to promote equality of opportunity in higher education, through increasing the access to and participation of women in higher education STEM fields of education.

The key objectives of the Program are to:

  • Increase the number of STEM-qualified women in the labour force
  • Help women upskill in STEM fields or build STEM careers
  • Develop a higher education pathway to produce graduates with workplace skills in STEM fields

First Application Round

The first application round in December 2020 invited higher education providers to apply to deliver courses under the program in December 2020. Applications closed in January 2021.

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

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

Approved providers from Round 1

Current participating higher education providers include:

Providers Approved Courses
Academy of Information Technology Diploma of Information Technology
Central Queensland University Associate Degree in Engineering
Charles Darwin University Diploma of Network Engineering

Diploma of Engineering

Diploma of Science

Curtin University Associate Degree in Agribusiness

Associate Degree in Mining

Flinders University

Diploma of Digital Technologies

Griffith University

Diploma in Computing and Data Analytics

La Trobe University

Diploma of IT

Monash College

Diploma of Applied Data Science

Diploma of Engineering

Diploma of IT

Diploma of Science 

Queensland University of Technology

Diploma in Engineering

Diploma in Information Technology

RMIT University

Diploma of Information Technology

Diploma of Engineering

Diploma of Science

Associate Degree of IT

Associate Degree in Engineering Technology

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Swinburne University

Diploma in Applied Technologies


Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Diploma of Data Analytics

University of Southern Queensland

Diploma of University Studies (Spatial Science)

Diploma of Wine

Diploma of Science (Wildlife Management)

Diploma of University Studies (Engineering)

Associate Degree of Engineering

Associate Degree of Spatial Science (GIS)

Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Surveying)

Further information

More information about the Program requirements for higher education providers, employers and students can be found in the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012, or visit the program’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Factsheets for the program can also be found at Provider Factsheet, or Employer and Employee Factsheet.


For questions about the program, please contact the Program team at DESE-TertiaryProjects@dese.gov.au.