Applications for the Digital and Technology Skills Program opened on 26 February 2019 and closed on 26 March 2019.

It is anticipated that the outcome will be published in the second quarter of the year.


Program Overview

The Digital and Technology Skills Program (the Program) is funded under the State STEM skills strategy. The Program assists Western Australians under-represented in STEM, and/or living in regional or remote communities in digital and technology engagement and skill building. Grants are provided to well-established STEM education service providers to deliver proposed projects that achieve one or more of the following:

  • assists in the development of digital and/or technology skills;
  • raises awareness of the importance of digital and/or technology skills for current and future jobs; or
  • creates interest and participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through digital and/or technology education.

Providers should be from outside the formal education system, be registered in Western Australia, intend to deliver the project in the State and have a track record of successfully delivering STEM education projects or programs. New providers interested in applying are encouraged to form partnerships with more established organisations.

The Program focuses principally on students from Western Australian schools with Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) values of 1000 or less and people in the community who are under-represented in STEM or living in regional or remote areas. This includes the existing workforce. Proposed projects could be aimed at: educating students; reskilling adults in their current or desired employment role; or providing teachers with professional development.

Successful grant applications are selected based on the following:

  • provider capability and capacity;
  • project quality and feasibility; and
  • project impact.

Levels of Funding

Grants are awarded for a duration of up to three years, with funding commencing during the first half of 2019.

The Program has two tiers of funding:

  • between $40,000 and $70,000 per annum per application over a period of up to three years; and
  • between $10,000 and $20,000 per annum per application over a period of up to three years.

For either tier, the applicant must provide or secure a net cash co-investment of funds at a rate of no less than 30:70 of applicant to State Government funding.

The Program is administered by the Science and Innovation Division of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. The Program is funded under Western Australia’s State STEM skills strategy.

For more information please contact:

Nicole McCallum
Project Officer
Phone: +61 8 9222 0744    

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