Funding support announced in Federal Budget
Posted Monday 14 May 2012.
Australian Science Innovations (ASI) and the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) warmly welcome
the Government’s commitment to provide $54.0 million over four years to improve participation
in the study of mathematics and science at school and university in response to the
Chief Scientist’s report Mathematics, Engineering and Science in the National Interest.
This includes a commitment to extend funding for the Mathematics and Science Olympiads
over the three years from 2013-14 to help build the profile and prestige of science
and mathematics study and the teaching on which it is founded.
As noted in Professor Chubb’s report, Australia’s future lies in creating a high
technology, high productivity economy; to innovate and compete at the high end. To do so,
the technical skills and scientific awareness of the entire workforce must be raised.
In the report, Professor Chubb emphasises the importance of having high achievers as role models.
Our Olympiad students can fill this role: Getting selected in the first place and then
succeeding against some of the world’s very best should be known by as many in the
community as possible – it is no less an achievement than that of any other Olympian.
ASI and AMT look forward to continue working with the Government to deliver world class
Australian Olympiad programs.