Minister for Defence - $1.2 million boost for School Pathways Program

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Senator the Hon David Johnston

Minister for Defence

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1 December 2014

The Australian Government has committed an extra $1.2 million to extend a Defence Materiel Organisation program aimed at encouraging more students in Western Australia and South Australia to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced an extension to the DMO School Pathways Program National Partnership Agreement until 30 June 2015.

“The South Australian and West Australian School Pathways Programs have been running since 2009 and have been highly successful in increasing the number of school students taking STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - which are essential to a future career in defence industry,” Senator Johnston said.

“These programs have been delivering a number of education initiatives designed to address the significant shortfall in the quantity and quality of professional and workforce skills required by defence industry, and ensure that secondary students have clear career pathways into the sector.

“This extension enables the program to continue without disruption and allow time for future developments to be considered in the forthcoming Defence White Paper and accompanying Defence Industry Policy Statement, due to be released in 2015,” he said.

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Rebecca Horton (Minister Johnston’s Office) 0477 389 554

Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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