- The State Government funds about 50 per cent of Scitech's operations
- McGowan Government recently provided $25.8 million in funding
- More than 500,000 Western Australians directly engage with Scitech every year
Scitech last night officially celebrated 30 years of important work inspiring Western Australian children, their families and visitors in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Former Labor Deputy Premier Mal Bryce, along with industry, science and education leaders, established Scitech which opened on August 13, 1988.
Over the past five years, Scitech, which comprises an 1,800 square metre exhibit space and boasts the Southern Hemisphere's largest planetarium, has engaged with more than two and a half million people, in person, and more than two million through its digital services.
The much-loved cultural institution has a dedicated tinkering space, five permanent exhibitions and three specialised theatres. It has continued to provide an important service as STEM skills have become increasingly important for all future jobs.
It is estimated that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills. To prepare Western Australians, Scitech has launched its New Scitech strategy which will cater for visitors of all ages and backgrounds as well as those looking to reskill for future jobs.
For more information, visit https://www.scitech.org.au
Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:
"Labor governments recognise the importance of developing STEM in our State for the benefit of WA jobs and the economy.
"It was the Dowding Labor Government that in 1988 opened Scitech and, to this day, the McGowan Labor Government remains committed to growing STEM opportunities in WA.
"Scitech is a much-loved cultural institution that plays a key role in promoting and inspiring Western Australians to take an interest in STEM. The McGowan Government recently provided $25.8 million in funding to Scitech over the next three years to continue to promote STEM skills to the community.
"I congratulate Scitech on its impressive achievements over the past 30 years and thank the staff and volunteers who over the years have made Scitech such a special place."
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