STEM grants open for inspiring students
From creating robots to attending space camps and events like the International Science and Engineering Fair, students across the Parkes electorate now have the chance to live their science dreams.
The latest round of the Australian Government’s Sponsorship Grants is now open to primary and high school students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) events. This includes STEM conferences, competitions and other events in Australia and internationally.
The program offers grants of between $1000 and $20,000. Grants are capped at $1500 per student for domestic and $5000 per student for international events.
STEM events are a great way for young people to challenge themselves, learn and have fun at the same time.
Technology is evolving so rapidly that it is likely that some of our best students will take up jobs that don’t even exist yet.
Students who develop skills in STEM have the potential to make a huge difference to Australia and the world through research and innovation. These Sponsorship Grants are a fantastic opportunity for new experiences, and I encourage all young people in my electorate to apply.
Applications for the Sponsorship Grants can be submitted online by a primary or secondary school, or an incorporated not for profit organisation. Funding is allocated to eligible applicants in order of receipt until exhausted. Apply at: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/inspiring-australia-science-engagement/student-sponsorship
Photo caption: I enjoyed a visit from a group of school students from my electorate at Parliament House, Canberra last week (Boggabri Public School and Fairfax Public School, Maules Creek).
New Cyber Security Centre
A brand new Australian Cyber Security Centre has just been opened in Canberra. This state of the art centre will protect national critical infrastructure, our businesses and the Australian public from the growing world of cybercrime.
The Government has seen a significant increase in business email scams, mostly targeting businesses with fewer than 10 employees. I know of some businesses in my electorate that have been affected by such scams.
With the opening of this purpose-built national cyber security centre, we will enhance our capacity to grow Australia’s cyber resilience in partnership with industry, businesses, universities, not-for-profit organisations and governments.
The new centre will draw on the expertise from the ICT community, law enforcement, defence, universities and security agencies, as well as international partners, to increase the skills and capabilities needed to protect and defend our interests.
It will be the central hub for cyber security information, advice and assistance to all Australians. A global monitoring capability, equipped with advanced cyber threat detection and warning systems will help to keep Australians safe – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The new Australian Cyber Security Centre is well placed to harness evolving technology and lead the nation in protecting us from harm.
Call 1300 CYBER1 (1300 292 371) or visit www.cyber.gov.au to learn more.